Lerner 1997

ISBN 082252855X

112 pp. hardcover

Grades 6-8

Based on my personal experiences living and working with science and support teams in Antarctica, this firsthand account introduces young readers to scientists, pilots, mountaineers, and many other remarkable women working in the extreme and extraordinary environments on the frozen continent at the bottom of the world.

Reviews & Awards

School Library Journal, starred review

“A captivating book about that frozen continent, focusing on the scientific and support work that women do there….The text is smoothly presented with details and quotations blended into an informative narrative…crystal-clear photos with captions provide interesting glimpses of the women featured in the text and scenes of Antarctica.”

Kirkus Reviews

“In this astute look at female grit…Johnson…recounts how, for 150 years after men first set foot on it, Antarctica remained something of a “man’s world.” That changed in 1969, when the first female participants in the US Antarctic Program arrived on the continent. In full-color photographs and a text that offer ready glimpses of the drama involved in such basic concerns as remaining warm, readers meet Judy Coffman, helicopter pilot; Diane Stoecker, a biologist studying algae and protozoa in sea ice; Jennifer Moss, who tags seals; Fiona Hunter, who studies penguins and other seabirds; Nelia Dunbar, a volcanologist; Ellen Mosley-Thompson, an ice core paleoclimatologist; and others….readers will sense the pioneering spirit of all those attracted to this frozen white wilderness.”


“As in her earlier Science on Ice: An Antarctic Journal (1995), Johnson highlights a wide range of activities in progress on the southernmost continent….The author’s cinematic you-are-there style of reporting successfully engages readers in the drama of Antarctic life.”

The Bulletin

“…Hand this one to the girls who love to question the rules and aren’t afraid to compete with the boys…”

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