This is the story of one dog's struggle to save his village and prove himself. The main character is Balto, a young half Husky, half wolf stray who is living in Nome, Alaska in the 1920s. He is in love with the prettiest dog in town, Jenna, a pure bred Husky but because he is half wolf he is a social outcast. Jenna is nice to him but none of the other dogs accept him. Jenna is also being courted by the main villain, Steele, a pure bred Husky who is a sled team captain. Jenna secretly has a crush on Balto but she cannot admit it because he is not accepted by the community. Suddenly tragedy strikes the town as a diphtheria epidemic breaks out and there is not enough antitoxin to go around. Jenna's owner, a little girl, gets sick. Steele and his team are sent to another village to pick up more of the antitoxin but there is a storm and Steele's ego leads to an accident. The team fails to arrive on time. Balto sees that this is his chance to prove his worth and to win over Jenna. He runs off into the blizzard to find the team. When he finds the team Steele rejects Balto's help and the two end up getting in a fight but Balto wins and leads the team back. On the way Balto is hurt but he proves that he is better than Steele and cares more about others than himself by pushing through the pain to get to town. He receives a hero's welcome and saves Jenna's little girl. Steele on the other hand, who has proven to only care about himself, loses his place of prestige among the other dogs and is outcast.
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Best part of story, including ending:
I like this story because it is a classic story of the underdog triumphing.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene is when Steele walks over one of his fan girls (a small white poofy little dog) and she is so excited to have touched him at all that she squeals and faints.
Opinion about the main character:
My main problem with Balto is the fact that he is mainly driven by his interest in Jenna and not his interest to save the town.