Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

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Annotation: A graphic recounting of explorer Ernest Shackleton's ambitious journey to Antarctica dramatically illuminates the unprecedented expedition that cost many of his companions their lives.
Catalog Number: #98773
Format: Perma-Bound Edition (Large Print)
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 125 pages
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ISBN: Publisher: 1-596-43451-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-86253-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-596-43451-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-86253-1
Dewey: 919.89092
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Earnest Shackleton made several attempts to reach the South Pole in his career as an explorer, but he never managed to see it. Bertozzi's latest, much in the same spirit of his well-received Lewis & Clark (2011), covers one such expedition, during which Shackleton and his crew spent almost two years in and out of ice packs, drifting in lifeboats, and desperately trying to find a way back to civilization. For all the peril, though, the slightly obsessive (but never foolhardy) Shackleton comes across as an exceptional leader, maintaining a positive, enterprising attitude and never losing his probably life-saving spirit of camaraderie. Bertozzi eschews all narrative explanation, relying solely on dialogue among the crew and the detailed black-and-white panels to tell the story. The snow- and ice-bound journey is the perfect match for Bertozzi's minimal style st stretches of white become gasp-worthy, desolate vistas. The result is stark but effective, and it only serves to underscore the tense drama of the harrowing journey beset by seemingly endless obstacles. Perfect for fans of real-life adventure stories.
Publishers Weekly
Translating historical accounts into the graphic novel format can be an iffy proposal, often reducing the subject to illustrated factual regurgitation, but Bertozzi (Lewis and Clark) compellingly brings readers along for Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1915 conquest of the South Pole, just in time for the centennial anniversary of the expedition. After two failed previous attempts to reach the pole, Shackleton and a stalwart crew braved unimaginable desolation, an eight-month stretch with their icebreaker at a standstill, the ship sinking when crushed by tons of thawing ice, and the subsequent trek across 374 miles of frozen wastes. It's an epic true-life adventure, and Bertozzi's storytelling will keep readers riveted as he illustrates the expedition's day-to-day travails in b&w panels as sparse as the stark expanses Shackleton and crew crossed. That bleakness is offset by Bertozzi's depiction of the tenacity, camaraderie, and humor of the men, and it's that spotlighting of the crew's unwavering humanity in the face of icy doom that sets this book apart. A must-read for history buffs and fans of cinema-quality visual storytelling alike. Ages 12-up. (June)
Voice of Youth Advocates
Bertozzi's newest graphic novel explores the adventures of another famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton, who led one of the most ambitious expeditions of the Antarctic continent. Simple line drawings and witty narrative draw the reader along Shackleton's journey, from seeking funding to attempting to cross a continent covered in ice. Rather than highlighting some of the more gruesome aspects of the journey (loss of toes to frostbite, eating of the sled dogs), Bertozzi focuses on the more whimsical aspects of arctic exploration, which will disappoint readers looking for a sensationalist read.The graphic novel format limits the amount of information in the text and leaves readers looking at a lot of roughly drawn men on minimalist ice. This graphic novel makes a good supplement to the Shackleton Expedition body of work but lacks diverse appeal.Rebecca Denham.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page [127]).
Word Count: 8,097
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 165438 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q63379
Lexile: GN620L

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Ernest Shackleton was one of the last great Antarctic explorers, and he led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken. This is his story, and the story of the dozens of men who threw in their lot with him - many of whom nearly died in the unimaginably harsh conditions of the journey. It's an astonishing feat - and was unprecedented at the time - that all the men in the expedition survived. Shackleton's expedition marked the end of a period of romantic exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and this is as much a book about the encroaching modern world as it is about travel. But Nick Bertozzi has documented this remarkable journey with such wit and fiendish attention to detail that it's impossible not to get caught up in the drama of the voyage. Shackleton is a phenomenal accompaniment to Bertozzi's earlier graphic novel about great explorers, Lewis & Clark .

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