Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

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Annotation: 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.
Genre: Geography
Catalog Number: #269271
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition Date: 2000
Pages: 134 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-375-81049-8 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-5872-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-375-81049-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-5872-2
Dewey: 919.8
LCCN: 97052063
Dimensions: 24 cm.
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Language: English
ALA Booklist
Given the upcoming exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History showcasing Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, this is certainly a timely book. And what a heroic story it tells. With a crew of scientists and sailors, the renowned British explorer set sail on the Endurance hoping to land on Antarctica, then cross it by foot from sea to sea. But fate cruelly intervened, with Shackleton and his men becoming trapped in the frozen Antarctic wasteland for 19 months. Using text filled with details about daily life, quotes (unfortunately not sourced), fascinating archival photos by one of the members of the expedition, and insight into elements of science with important bearing on the story (navigation techniques, different kinds of ice), Armstrong paints a vivid picture of the ordeal. The circumstances are riveting--extreme cold, dangerous ice, a horrific 800-mile open-boat journey--yet not a single man was lost. This crosses much of the same territory covered by Caroline Alexander's recent and more extensive adult book The Endurance , which is also accessible to a high-school audience. Although Armstrong's presentation is less visceral than Alexander's and gives less sense of personalities involved, it provides a more compact, somewhat clearer understanding of the sequence of events. Bibliography. (Reviewed December 1, 1998)
Horn Book
Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1916 Antarctic expedition was, in Armstrong's words, "one of the most incredible feats of survival ever recorded." Her captivating, complete account, which identifies and tracks practically every crew member and liberally employs quotes from crew diaries, will find an audience with the detail-oriented, want-to-know-it-all kind of reader. A stunning array of photographs lend startling immediacy to the story. Bib., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>PLB 0-517-80014-4 Armstrong (The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan, 1996, etc.) narrates the incredible survival saga of Ernest Shackleton, who with a crew of 27 attempted to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914, and ended up trapped in their ship in the ice pack for seven months. When their ship was finally crushed by the ice they survived for another five months on the moving ice floes, traveled through storm-tossed seas to an uninhabited island, and were rescued, two years after they had set out, after Shackleton and five of his crew traveled 800 miles in an open boat to get help. This unbelievable story is enhanced by the vigorous prose; from the captivating introduction through the epilogue, it is the writing as much as the story that will rivet readers. The black-and-white photos, taken mostly on glass plates by the expedition's photographer, Frank Hurley, survived along with the men and are of exceptional quality. (maps, not seen, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)</p>
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-When their ship, Endurance, became icebound in Antarctica and sank in 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27 crewmen were 100 miles from land. Unbelievably, they all survived. At first, the men played on the ice to kill time, but after Endurance sank, they took to their life boats, and spent a year and a half traveling over ice, water, and mountains to reach safety. Taylor Mali's narration of the book by Jennifer Armstrong (Crown, 1998) is riveting, and his shifts from one accent to the next are effective and not at all distracting. The text moves from diary entries to explanations of how to read the sun, and the descriptions of the terrain and weather are superb. This is a very effective presentation of not only how the disaster occurred, but of the toll it took on the crew and how they rose to the challenge.- Christine Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 34,562
Reading Level: 7.3
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.3 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 25962 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.5 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q19264
Lexile: 1090L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

The harrowing story of the ill-fated Endurance, now in paperback.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. The expedition survived another five months camping on ice floes, followed by a perilous journey through stormy seas to remote and unvisited Elephant Island. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat to fetch a rescue ship.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly re-creates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history. Jennifer Armstrong narrates this unbelievable story with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive.

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