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VOYABledsoe's enthusiasm for the wonders of Antarctica is absolutely contagious. Here is a book that provides everything one could possibly need or want to know about the continent but did not even think to ask. The easy-to-read conversational tone makes it a fun read that is also packed with information about the unique geography, biology, sociology, and history of Antarctica. Photographs, drawings, maps, a glossary, and small information boxes are distributed throughout the nicely formatted book. Learn how to tell the different species of penguins apart and how to spot birds, whales, and different types of seals. What do those working or studying in Antarctica do for fun? Where exactly is the South Pole? How does one build a snow shelter and avoid falling into ice crevasses? Readers will learn about Palmer Station and McMurdo Station and the scientists who work there. The author knows her subject well, having traveled to Antarctica three times. That she also took the amazing black-and white-photographs scattered throughout is another plus. Bledsoe adds in some humorous personal anecdotes about her experiences, which add to the book's overall friendliness. Although it might be difficult to get teenagers to read a book about Antarctica, once they open this one, they will be hooked. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Holiday House, 101p.; Glossary. Illus. Photos. Maps. Chronology., Ages 11 to 15.