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Children's LiteratureIn this well-written look at expeditions to Antarctica, Myers offers more than dry facts explaining one of the last frontiers of exploration. Antarctica, he tells us, was "thousands upon thousands of miles away" from most European seaports when the early adventurers risked their lives to explore the region. Beginning with Commander James Cook's voyage in 1773, the author brings the adventure up to the present. Chapters include the story of Shackleton crossing the Antarctic Circle and Richard Byrd's voyages in the 1920s. The appealing black and white photographs illustrating the book present the explorers in a more personal light with pictures of the ponies used to pull Shackleton's sleds and the crew of the Discovery perched on the ship's deck, ready to set sail. A timeline, one-page fact sheet, and a bibliography make this a worthwhile addition to libraries. But Myers' book is not just for research and reference; fans of action and adventure will enjoy this fascinating look at not only the successes but also the failures of Antarctic discovery and exploration. 2004, Scholastic Press, Ages 9 to 12.