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Antarctica Journeys to the South Pole Hardcover – November 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First American Edition edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439220017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439220019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,634,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9–The Great White South has long been a source of fascination and a destination for intrepid adventurers. In a lucid, well-written text, Myers presents a number of high spots in this long dance with danger, providing informative chapters on several Antarctic expeditions, from James Cook's circumpolar mapping of the ice fields in the late 1700s to Richard Byrd's forays in the early 1900s. He also includes notes on the scientific bases of the present day and a number of fact pages on such diverse topics as seals, latitude and longitude, scurvy, and the magnetic pole. Hitch this excellent work to such nonfiction titles as Carmen Bredeson's After the Last Dog Died (National Geographic, 2003) and Stephen Currie's Polar Explorers (Lucent, 2002) or novels such as Robert Swan's Destination: Antarctica (Turtleback, 1988) and Nancy Loewen and Ann Bancroft's Four to the Pole (Shoe String, 2001) for a closer look into the powerful motivations of these daring explorers.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

Gr. 6-10. Science and geography play a big role in this exciting overview of the discovery and exploration of Antarctica, "the last unexplored landmass on Earth." What drives the narrative is the personal adventures of those who raced to reach the South Pole first, especially the fierce rivalry between Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen (he got there first) and Britain's Robert Scott, whose entire party died. The writing is not always as strong as it was in Myers' Malcolm X (1993), but the book design is highly appealing, with archival photos and prints, and boxed insets with fascinating information about such topics as latitude and longitude, seals, scurvy, and magnetic and geographical poles. Although Myers doesn't include source notes, his extensive bibliography references personal accounts as well as the technology, and he has put together a useful fact summary and time line. Best of all are the quotes from primary documents that appear throughout the book; some are drawn from the journals of the explorers-- those who returned and those who didn't. Myers makes failure a part of heroism. Hazel Rochman
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More About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family.

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By M. Heiss on December 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a very well-done look at the expeditions to Antarctica, the personalities involved, the perils, and the triumphs. Great for older grades -- this book includes maps, photographs, journal extracts, and an exciting writing style that keeps kids reading.

Simply great book.
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