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The Great Race: The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908 by Gary Blackwood

Long before the Amazing Race television show there was the Great Race - a thrilling true story that will grab readers from the start to the finish line.

In February of 1908, six cars from four countries gathered in Times Square for the pistol shot that began the first around-the-world automobile race. Gas-powered cars hadn't been round very long, and roads were nonexistent as this group of hardy pioneers set out to drive from New York to Paris, hoping to cross the ice of the Bering Strait along the way. The Europeans were sure their cars were superior, but it would be the scrappy Americans in their Thomas Flyer, after braving twenty-foot snowdrifts, bandits, and many near drownings, who would win the race.

In a book published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the race, Gary Blackwood, author of well-known historical-fiction novels, crafts a thrilling narrative of great courage and splendid folly, illustrated with original, never-before-published photographs throughout.

Gary Blackwood is the acclaimed author of many children's books, including The Shakespeare Stealer and Shakespeare's Scribe. His accolades are many and include an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and a School Library Journal Best Book. He lives with his family in Nova Scotia.

Book Details

The Great Race by Gary Blackwood
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994898