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KLIATTI don't know anyone who doesn't like reading someone else's journal, if given permission. In this clever novel, we get a peek into the life of 16-year-old George Shannon, the youngest member of the expedition team. Though the content of the journals is fictional, the writing is based on actual events, and George Shannon was a real person who did experience the trials and tribulations of this adventure into "parts unknown." The style of writing and the short entries that sometimes include sketches will tempt struggling readers to read just one more entry. Readers, perhaps for the first time, will understand just how grueling parts of this trip were for all members of the party. It will give readers an appreciation of the courage and tenacity required for this trip, especially for someone as young as George Shannon. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2004, HarperCollins, 280p. map. illus., Ages 12 to 15.