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

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The harrowing story of the ill-fated Endurance, now in paperback.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. The expedition survived another five months camping on ice floes, followed by a perilous journey through stormy seas to remote and unvisited Elephant Island....

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Overview

The harrowing story of the ill-fated Endurance, now in paperback.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. The expedition survived another five months camping on ice floes, followed by a perilous journey through stormy seas to remote and unvisited Elephant Island. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat to fetch a rescue ship.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly re-creates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history. Jennifer Armstrong narrates this unbelievable story with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive.

Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375810497
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 113,569
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.

Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Jennifer Armstrong is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. Many of her books have been designated as Notable Books by the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.

For more information on Jennifer Armstrong, visit her website at www.jennifer-armstrong.com, or read her blog at www.jennifer-armstrong.blogspot.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Very interesting!!

    The story was very interesting, but the pages fell out of the book. Very disappointing since it came from Barnes and Noble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    a 9th grader

    I think this book tells the account of a man who was courageous and brave! I love this book. I go to to a private school and our whole class was required to read this book and it was amamzing and incrediable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    fantastic adventure

    This book is a great adventure about voyage to Antarctica. It contains amazing pictures and stuffs, showing surprises. Also, you can see how the voyage is if you read the book. Their endurance was pretty impressive and interesting. Eating raw stuffs and blood. It is sort of weird but you will like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    Antarctic biography of survival

    This book was an interesting account of the Shipwreck, survival and rescue of the crew of The Endurance under Ernest Shackleton in 1914. The descriptions of the challenges and hardships faced by the crew are well done, with many photos taken by the crew photographer that survived the journey. Full of amazing facts about the geography, animals and oceanography of the Antarctic region. Second half moves faster than the first. Great oppurtunity to use for a unit study of the area, and/or explorers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Outstanding AND thought provoking!!!!

    I am a teacher of gifted and talented students, and we used this book for an entire unit. We learned the importance of math with compasses, science with ice floes, vocabulary galore!! We learned about leadership and working together. Shackelton was faced with difficult decisions of life and death situations. Definitely a book with mirrors to view themselves, and windows to see places they may never go. A must read! This is an award winning non-fiction book for all the right reasons! Boys and girls alike loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    The shipwreck at tyhe bottom of the world

    The book Shipwreck at the Bottom of the world is a wonderful book to read especially if you like adventure and bieng at the edge of your seat .You never know what will happen next. The book tells all about how te crew survived by eating raw seal meat and drinking its blood to stay alive. It also tells in the crews point of view and what they thought abut the trec.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    A Very interesting book!

    An excellent true story about how a captain and his crew sturggle through the harsh Antarctic, and all manage to survive! A very good book, and indeed I reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    Great Book

    This was a very good book, about a truly unique voyage across Antarctica. It was very interesting with all the pictures and stuff, but at the end it started getting a little boring. Other than that this is a good book and I recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2001

    A wonderful book!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is really good. It is a true story but sounds fake. It has very interesting plots and has lots of real pictures. It isn't that long. It takes a short time to read this cool book.

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