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

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Turtleback Books, Sep 1, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 134 pages
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In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. When Endurance broke apart and sank, 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 Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than 40 of which are reproduced here.

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User Review  - troberts719 - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - rjayne2 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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Jennifer Armstrong, a noted author of historical fiction, including "Black-Eyed Susan" & "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan", lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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