From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Salisbury, Gay
The cruelest miles : the heroic story of dogs and men in a race against an epidemic
author: Laskin, David
The children’s blizzard
In “The cruelest miles : the heroic story of dogs and men in a race against an epidemic” by Gay Salisbury and in “The children’s blizzard” by David Laskin, the focus of both nonfiction works is children in peril. The race against time and the choices made are heartbreaking and heartwarming simultaneously. In “The Cruelest miles”, man and dog are pitted against a merciless clock and an unforgiving landscape. They both sacrifice a great deal to move the vaccine across the frozen tundra. In “The children’s blizzard”, the Weather service is in its infancy and a system appears out of nowhere to turn a fine spring day into a trap of snow and ice. The schoolteachers needed to decide if the children should face the hazards outdoors or try to tough it out in the one room schoolhouses. In “The cruelest miles”, the vaccine arrives in time to make a significant impact on the survival rate while the children caught by the blizzard are not so fortunate. Both works were moving and fostered an appreciation of modern day advantages.