Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic Hardcover – November 12, 2003
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Top Customer Reviews
This mission had been organized by Vilhjalmur Steffanson, an irresponsible publicity seeker who influenced the young men to go, in their eyes Steffanson was a hero. It was his opinion that it was as easy to live in Arctic as anywhere else, nothing to it, though he himself had never done it, and had already led a disastrous mission once before, he had abandoned his crew and men had died.
Ada and her companions set out in September 1921, under supplied but even so they survived. After a year though the relief crew and ship promised by Steffanson did not arrive and then things became more desperate as supplies were too low to survive another winter. It was decided that Ada would stay with one of the men too sick to travel and the other three would strike out across the ice for the Siberian coast When the ship finally did arrive in 1923, Ada was alone.Read more ›
Niven's writing in simply incredible. She has succeeded brilliantly at finding the balance between relaying the historical facts of Ada's life and telling a great adventure story; the true hallmark of good historical writing. But, ultimately, it is Ada, herself, that casued me to love this book. She is a fascinating character on so many levels. Her life both before and after Wrangel was filled with more turmoil than most, but it is the two years on the island that make this biography a real winner. Brought up to Wrangel as a cook in the company of four adventurers, it seemed unlikely that she would be the only one to survive. But it was Ada's perserverence, adaptability and intelligence that allowed her to emerge as the lone survivor while her four compatriots were voted off the island by disease, exposure and tragic errors in judgment.
Ada Blackjack is a tremendously good read. For lovers of adventure writing, history or girl power, Niven has delivered.
I wanted to read about the story of Ada and surviving the Arctic, which there didn't seem to be too much of in this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting to all the things she had to do to stay alivePublished 11 days ago by Sigrid Curry
Wonderful read. My 5th grader did a report on this and loved reading Ada's story and re-creating her tools and diary.Published 4 months ago by Justanotherbuyer
I think I have read every survival story and this one is a classic. The character development is wonderful as Ada and the four men that accompanied her were so real and true to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenp
Great story and a worthy read. Brave and resourceful womanPublished 5 months ago by Willis H. Beasley
Interesting story. Good example of poor leadership, planning and lack of concrete goals. The book had too many details of the aftermath for me.Published 6 months ago by Clint Robertson
I have read both of Jennifer Nivens novels and I found them both riveting. What a horrendous ordeal those people suffered. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ruth Gohlke
While I enjoyed the book overall, I found it was a little disappointing that most of the story was about Ada's 'survival' after she was rescued from Wrangel Island. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fotofan11460