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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Library Binding: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580136079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580136075
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-9–All of Walker's impressive writing talents are on display in this book on the frozen continent. The author's clear and lively narrative begins with a brief history of the first explorers, including some grisly deaths, and then describes in detail the work of current researchers. Walker paints a vivid picture of the hardships and special considerations required of those who work in Antarctica. Children will almost shiver as they read the description of the scuba diver's preparations to enter an icy lake. Additionally, the author does a great job of explaining some really complex scientific activities, such as mapping the ground using ice-penetrating radar, so that readers without great knowledge of advanced science can grasp how this work is done. She also shows how Antarctic research can help them understand global climate change and other types of earth-science research. Nearly every page has sharp color photos of the continent and researchers in action or explanatory diagrams. With its superb design and Walker's gripping prose, this book will draw readers in and keep them involved.–Denise Schmidt, San Francisco Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In a wide-angle survey of our least-explored continent, the author of Written in Bone (2009) and other perceptive accounts of researchers in the field examines the methods and discoveries of scientists studying Antarctica’s geophysics, prehistory, biota, and long- and short-range climatic variations. Heavily illustrated with maps and photos, well-supplied with lists of further resources, and detailed enough to include an entire chapter on the types, composition, and behavior of Antarctic ice, the book also distills interviews with several active scientists (including a middle-school student who designed and constructed a mobile undersea camera used to explore McMurdo Sound) into cogent explanations of why a greater knowledge of Antarctica is important to an understanding of our entire planet’s history and interconnected ecosystems. Though she makes only quick references to early Antarctic explorers and to the continent’s distinctive wildlife, Walker profiles major and ongoing research projects that enhance the recent biographies of Shackleton and his ilk and the plethora of books about penguins. Grades 6-9. --John Peters

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P.S. Turner on September 7, 2010
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We don't have enough books like this. Walker's lucid prose is used to excellent effect in FROZEN SECRETS: ANTARCTICA REVEALED, a mix of geology, physics, paleobiology, engineering and history. Children's science writing has an extreme bias toward biology (I am guilty of this, too). We do a half-decent job with space science and geology (thank you, astronauts and volcanoes!) but where are all the engineering books? Is there any area with such a yawning gap between importance to society and what we have to offer our children on the subject?

At least now we have FROZEN SECRETS. Walker does a wonderful job of showing engineers applying their skills in this most forbidding of environments. One of my favorite bits concerns junior high school students constructing an underwater robot for use in Antarctica. This book is intelligent, thorough, well-designed, and engaging. I feel smarter after having read FROZEN SECRETS, and I wish there were more books like it to put into kids' hands.
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Antarctica has always appeared to be a cold and forbidding place, yet is one that has fascinated us for centuries. Robert Falcon Scott ventured to the continent in 1910, but was unable to land due to extremely harsh weather conditions. Much to his disappointment, he was not the first to explore the continent. Norwegian Roald Amundsen attained that record a mere thirty-five days before Scott did in January of 1912. He painfully wrote in his journal that "The Norwegians have forestalled us and are first to the Pole. It is a terrible disappointment, and I am very sorry for my loyal companions ... ." His dreams had been shattered, yet many would follow in his footsteps, attempting to uncover the secrets the frozen land held beneath its ice.

Many bold adventurers followed and even today "more than thirty-thousand tourists visit Antarctica on ships each year." Scientists from around the world have set up stations on the continent to delve into its past in an attempt to find out what may be in store for us in the future. It was once a mysterious place that could only be seen from the decks of a ship. Captain Cook saw Antarctica on January 17, 1773 from his ship, the "Resolution," but was unable to land. Scientists can now readily reach Antarctica's frozen shores. It is a continent so cold that in 1983 it could lay claim to the "coldest temperature ever recorded on earth: -128 degrees F." Why would anyone want to explore such a cold, barren wasteland?

It was decided that Antarctica would be "used for peaceful purposes only" and that the "scientists from all countries must freely share the information they obtain." The daring were desirous of climbing Vinson Massif, "one of Earth's Seven Summits," but there was information to be gleaned from beneath the ice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie K. Munn on April 17, 2011
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Frozen Secrets is a bit of a style over substance book. It is lavishly illustrated, some might even say overproduced. I would have appreciated a more readable book and wish more time/money were spent on travel and original photography than design/print production!

Thankfully, this book is jam packed with an organized hodgepodge of illustrated geologic and scientific information about Antarctica and the research taking place there. Much of it is informative and interesting, focusing on the science and geography of the area.

My biggest disappointment was discovering on pg 98 that author Sally M. Walker hasn't been to Antarctica. That is the biggest shame of this book, because she is a good writer! Time, effort, and budget should have been made for her to at least take a tourist's cruise trip to the continent. It would have been even better if she'd been able to do an author's stay ashore. I bet the research would have been more thorough and better presented if she'd actually been able to make the trip? Perhaps then some of the problems remarked on above would evaporate as her own first-hand knowledge, photos, and experiences could have given this book more substance and authenticity.

It is difficult to tell how current some of the photos are and whether they truly document the way research is conducted in Antarctica today. I wish the many photographic illustrations were captioned and dated. The ambiguity of the photo illustrations gives the book a strange feel, like stock photos that may or may not be relevant were used for eye candy, that the photographic illustrations may or many not be depicting the same time period/research effort as the surrounding text describes.
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Illustrated with full-color photography on almost every page Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed is a beautiful book written for teenagers and young adults yet accessible to readers of all ages, about the scientific mysteries hidden within Antarctica. From the geologic history of the continent, to the tenacious natural life that survives upon it, to the work scientists do at research stations, Frozen Secrets goes into a wealth of meticulously researched detail without being dry. Enticing and absorbing as well as educational, Frozen Secrets is an excellent pick for middle school, junior high, and high school libraries.
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