17courageousPeople had come from miles around to see the courageous dog that had run the Iditarod race alone.
18having skill or knowledge from having done something in the past
19experiencedTrail volunteers knew that an experienced lead dog would stick to the trail.
20SETTING:Akiak takes place in Alaska during the Iditarod race. The race is 1,151 miles long of rough, rugged terrain. The race stretches from Anchorage to Nome.
21MAIN CHARACTER 1: AKIAKAkiak is an experienced, courageous sled dog who has raced the Iditarod several times, but has never won first place. This is Akiak’s last chance to win because she is getting too old to race.
22MAIN CHARACTER 2: MICKMick is the experienced musher of Akiak’s team. A musher is the leader of a dogsled team. She has to make a tough decision to send Akiak home after she injures her pawpad.
23PROBLEM:The problem in the story is that Akiak injures her pawpad and has to be sent home. She gets separated from the rest of her team and must face the rough Alaskan terrain alone.
24SOLUTION:The solution to the problem is that Akiak escapes her handlers and continues racing the difficult trail on her own. She finally reunites with her team and saves the day when she shows them that they were about to go the wrong way! Akiak and her team win the Iditarod race!
25SUMMARY:AKIAK by: Robert Blake Akiak is the story of a courageous sled dog who has one last chance to win the Iditarod race. It is 1,151 miles of snowy, rugged Alaskan terrain. The problem in the story is that Akiak, the lead dog, injures her pawpad. Mick, the team musher, decides that Akiak can’t finish the race and must be sent home. Akiak is determined to finish the race. She escapes her handlers and runs away. The Akiak follows the trail to find her team and people help her by leaving out food for her to eat. Finally, she reunites with her team and wins the Iditarod race!