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Title:Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
Authors:Jennifer Armstrong
Info:Crown Books for Young Readers (2000), Edition: 1st Pbk. Ed, Paperback, 144 pages
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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong (1998)



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This historical book tells the story of a 28 man crew stranded in the South Pole in 1915. The story describes the extremely hostile conditions of this continent, as well as the step by step tale of how all 28 men found themselves stranded there and how they all managed to survive. This story is an incredible example of bravery and perseverance. There are quite a few pictures included throughout the book, of the actual crew while they were on this journey. The perspective given in this book is authentic because some journals are included from the survivors.
  kaitfenton | Feb 5, 2016 |
This book is great for the fiction lovers who want to learn a little more about the explorers aboard The Endurance. Written in a captivating narrative style, Armstrong tells the story of twenty-eight men who set out in August of 1914 to become the first to explore Antarctica. Led by an ingenious Shackleton, this crew faced every problem imaginable—ice, ice, and more ice, shipwreck, starvation, frigid cold, ferocious storms, and despair among other things. But through it all, Shackleton leads his men to victory and thus survival. With the assistance of over 40 pictures, Armstrong brings this remarkable survival story to life by using a narrative prose not normally used in nonfiction. As a result, readers will whip through each page, all the while marveling that a group of men brought realistically back to life by Armstrong were able to survive such horrendous situations. ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 3, 2016 |
Amazing story about Ernest Shackleton’s attempted expedition across Anarctica, thwarted by thick ice that would not allow the boat through to Antarctica. The expedition spent 18 months trapped and trying to get back to land. The fact it was during WWI with less of today’s comforts makes it amazing that no humans died.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The unbelievable true story of Ernest Shackleton and 27 men who sailed from England to attempt to become the first team to cross Antarctica. When the ship becomes trapped in ice and breaks apart, the amazing crew survives an additional five months before being rescued.
  troberts719 | Aug 8, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Jan 4, 2015 |
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The harrowing survival story of English explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the ill-fated Endurance has intrigued people since the 1914 expedition--spurring astounding books such as Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage and The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. As Shackleton and 27 sailors attempted to cross the frozen Antarctic continent from one side to the other, they were trapped in an ice pack, lost their ship to the icy depths, survived an Antarctic winter, escaped attacks from sea lions, and traversed 600 treacherous miles to the uninhabited Elephant Island. Leaving 22 men behind, Shackleton and five others sailed 800 miles across the southern Atlantic Ocean in a 20-foot open boat to tiny South George Island, where they hiked across unmapped mountains to a whaling station. In 1916, 19 months after the Endurance became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to retrieve his men. Remarkably, every crew member survived.

Jennifer Armstrong, the award-winning author of Black-Eyed Susan and The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan, brings the unbelievable journey to life with delicious details: how a handsome young stowaway was discovered too late to cast him off; how the ship itself would become frost-white, looking like "another species of sparkling white iceberg as it nosed its way through the pack;" and how the ice-pack-dwelling Emperor penguins seemed to enjoy the banjo music of crew member Leonard Hussey. The true-to-life story is as thrilling as they come, and Armstrong's lively, crystal-clear writing style is just as compelling. More than 40 photographs of the expedition populate this inspiring nonfiction adventure story that young readers will devour from cover to cover. (Ages 10 to 14) --Karin Snelson

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"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."… (more)

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