Carolrhoda Books 2003

ISBN 0876149204; ISBN-13 9780876149201

112 pp. hardcover

Grades 6-8

Having been to Antarctica several times on grants from the National Science Foundation, I know that this frozen, dangerous, isolated, and hauntingly beautiful continent is like no other place on Earth. And of all the famous Antarctic explorers, Sir 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. While Shackleton fell short of his goal of crossing Antarctica, he accomplished a far greater feat by bringing his men back alive. An incredible story of courage, stamina, and fierce determination.

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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 compelling.”


“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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