Mystery on Everest: A Photobiography of George Mallory

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A dashing, determined adventurer, Mallory tried to climb Mount Everest three times, dying on his final attempt. His daring exploits—and the mystery of whether he reached the summit before he died—will hold young readers’ interest from cover to cover.

Discusses the life of British mountain climber, George Mallory, the discovery of his body seventy-five years after his death, and the debate over whether Mallory was the first person to...

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Overview

A dashing, determined adventurer, Mallory tried to climb Mount Everest three times, dying on his final attempt. His daring exploits—and the mystery of whether he reached the summit before he died—will hold young readers’ interest from cover to cover.

Discusses the life of British mountain climber, George Mallory, the discovery of his body seventy-five years after his death, and the debate over whether Mallory was the first person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is the book that answers the ageold question, "Why do you climb a mountain?" with the obvious response, "Because it's there." In 1921, mountaineer George Mallory mounted the first of three expeditions to reach the summit of Mount Everest because it was there and because no one had successfully climbed it before. Each time, he made it slightly closer to the pinnacle, but there is no clearcut evidence that he ever actually made it to the top. However, his frozen body, found by explorers seventyfive years after his last trek, and a stillloaded camera indicate that he may have reached the top of the world before Edmond Hillary's more famous expedition in 1953. Author Salkind has previously written about Mallory, the Britishborn son of a minister, in a lengthy adult book now outofprint. This distillation of the story might have been better served by an expanded article in the magazine, National Geographic World, the publisher's magazine for children. While it is richly detailed, the writing retains a dryness more appropriate for dedicated adult readers than for middlelevel children searching for adventure in a picture book. As always, it is intriguing to note the excellent level of photography for the time period. Young readers may also speculate about how men survived the elements without the technologically advanced climbing gear now available to explorers. However, this is not a book with a clearcut niche. Is it a sports book? A historical biography? Perhaps the greatest mystery of all is how to sell it to the audience for which it is intended. 2000, National Geographic Society, Ages 10 up, $17.95. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
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Gr 5-8-Since 1953, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood at the top of Mount Everest, hundreds of others have scaled the world's highest peak. In their shadows, George Leigh Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine have vanished into footnotes almost as completely as they vanished on Everest in 1924. This authoritative photobiography follows Mallory from his early childhood to the startling discovery of his frozen body in 1999, 75 years after his death. In a lucid text sprinkled with quotes from the subject's writings and excellent black-and-white photos, the adventurer is resurrected and resumes his place at the forefront of Everest mountaineers. The readable text illuminates the strength and resolution that carried him to Everest on three expeditions, and allows readers to comprehend his determination to climb the mountain. For those seeking further details of the 1999 discovery, two adult titles will be useful: Peter Firstbrook's Lost on Everest (Contemporary, 1999) and Jochen Hemmleb's Ghosts of Everest (Mountaineers, 1999). Handsome, informative, and moving, Mystery on Everest deserves a place in any collection.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792272229
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Photobiographies Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,311,799
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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