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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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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 |
Narrative telling of the ill-fated British expedition in 1914 led by Sir Earnest Shackleton to traverse the Antarctic continent, but the ship Endurance was locked and wrecked in ice. The entire crew survived, through the bravery and leadership of Shackleton and the expert navigation (pre technology of radio, radar, satellite) of captain Worsley. Photographs and motion film of the expedition also survived remarkably to tell the story.
  lrubin75 | Nov 3, 2014 |
I think the big message in this story is about perseverance. I liked this story because it was written well to keep my interest. I do not normally like historical books but this one was written well enough to keep me reading. Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the characters. They were thought out well and had depth about them. ( )
  rjayne2 | Oct 23, 2014 |
While I have not finished this book but what I have read, I have enjoyed so far. It is an inspirational story of 27 brave men and their will to stay alive. I enjoyed flipping through the pictures and reading the descriptive captions. I feel this book would be a great read for a middle school aged student. I feel this age grop would really like reading about this story. Teachers could use this informational text within their classroom for a science (discuss weather/ climate conditions), socail studies (locating areas on the map), and perhaps a character building lesson on bravery and friendship.
  dbushnell3 | May 6, 2014 |
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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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