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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ISBN-13: 9780375810497
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Edition description: 1 PBK ED
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 53,758
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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, or read her blog at

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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World the Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
michcall on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I was surprised to find myself intrigued by this story. I new the outcome from the beginning, but found the story telling dramatic. Armstrong did well to not make this book drag on. THe photcographs are also fascinating.
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
This book lingered in my mind long after I'd finished reading it. I am not a big fan of being cold. What these men accomplished was truly remarkable. Ernest Shackleton and 27 men set out from England on the Endurance in the summer of 1914, hoping to become the first team to navigate the frigid Antarctic. Unfortunately, the Endurance became trapped in thick ice. The vessel was finally crushed by huge natural forces and the men had no choice but to venture out into the frozen wasteland. For months, the crew, led by Shackleton (the "Boss) crossed dangerous ice floes, horrific storms and endured brutal cold. Their creativity and survival techniques were truly astonishing. Finally, six men set out onto the open sea in a small 20-foot boat, attempting to save them all. This incredible story remains a clear testament to the power of the human spirit. These men returned to England while World War I was still raging. Unfortunately, some of them were killed in action and the Boss never truly felt comfortable again in civilized society. Shackleton returned to the Antarctic in 1921 on the ship Quest. Shackleton's lifestyle, however, had damaged his heart. The Boss was buried on South Georgia Island in the winter of 1922. Shackleton's legacy and the story of his great adventure lives on to this day, inspiring hundreds of men and women to reach for their dreams - no matter what the odds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was very interesting, but the pages fell out of the book. Very disappointing since it came from Barnes and Noble.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.