Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

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by Jennifer Armstrong
     
 

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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly recreates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship,See more details below

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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly recreates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped. The expedition survived an Antarctic winter in the icebound ship, then, after Endurance sank, five months camped on the ice followed by a perilous boat journey through storms and icebergs to remote and unvisited Elephnat Island, 600 miles from Cape Horn. From there, their only hope was for someone to fetch help. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of the treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat and then hiked across the unmapped, glacier-strewn interior of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. In August 1916, 19 months after Endurance first became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to Elephant Island for his men.



Jennifer Armstrong narrates these almost unbelievable events with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than forty of which are reproduced here.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 set sail from England in an attempt to be the first explorers to cross Antarctica. Five months later, their ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the ice and then broke apart, and in an extraordinary feat of survival the men spent months camping on the ice floes and then took shelter on remote Elephant Island. When spring came, Shackleton and five others set out in a 20-foot open boat across 800 miles of wild ocean and found a rescue ship. Unbelievably, everyone survived, and so did some amazing photographs of their experience, over 40 of which are reproduced here. This adventure story of survival against all odds in one of the harshest environments on the planet is told in swift, stirring prose by Armstrong, a children's book author; it's an ALA Best Book for YAs, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and the recipient of many other honors. An exceptional work of nonfiction for all libraries serving YAs. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1998, Random House/Crown, 134p, illus, maps, bibliog, index, 24cm, $9.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-When their ship, Endurance, became icebound in Antarctica and sank in 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27 crewmen were 100 miles from land. Unbelievably, they all survived. At first, the men played on the ice to kill time, but after Endurance sank, they took to their life boats, and spent a year and a half traveling over ice, water, and mountains to reach safety. Taylor Mali's narration of the book by Jennifer Armstrong (Crown, 1998) is riveting, and his shifts from one accent to the next are effective and not at all distracting. The text moves from diary entries to explanations of how to read the sun, and the descriptions of the terrain and weather are superb. This is a very effective presentation of not only how the disaster occurred, but of the toll it took on the crew and how they rose to the challenge.- Christine Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A book that will capture the attention and imagination of any reader."
—School Library Journal, Starred

"This unbelievable story is enhanced by the vigorous prose; from the captivating introduction through the epilogue, it is the writing as much as the story that will rivet readers."
—Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

"Armstrong's absorbing storytelling, illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs, makes this an enthralling adventure."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517800140
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/17/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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