Having been to Antarctica several times on National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writers grants, I know that the continent–frozen, isolated, hauntingly beautiful–is like no other place on Earth. And of all the famous Antarctic explorers, Ernest Shackleton also stands apart. Against unfathomable odds, Shackleton saved his entire crew when his ship Endurance became trapped in the ice at the start of his 1915 expedition. It is an almost unbelievable story of courage and fierce determination that forms the heart of this biography for young adults.
School Library Journal An excellent account of the life and accomplishments of the dedicated explorer…Johnson presents a full biography that gives insight into the man and his time…The writing is lively and clear and the story is compelling.
Booklist …Johnson offers plenty of biographical information about Shackleton himself, and readers will enjoy photos and anecdotes that reveal the gawky, energetic teenager before he became the famous explorer…The author, who has been to Antarctica several times, describes the frozen landscape and the thrilling rescue in vivid language….a broad, exciting view of the legend.
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