Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review: Lost in the Antarctic

Lost in the Antarctic: The Doomed Voyage of the Endurance

About the Book:
 There wasn’t a thing Ernest Shackleton could do. He stood on the ice-bound Weddell Sea, watching the giant blocks of frozen saltwater squeeze his ship to death. The ship’s name seemed ironic now: the Endurance. But she had lasted nine months in this condition, stuck on the ice in the frigid Antarctic winter. So had Shackleton and his crew of 28 men, trying to become the first expedition ever to cross the entire continent.

Now, in October 1915, as he watched his ship break into pieces, Shackleton gave up on that goal. He ordered his men to abandon ship. From here on, their new goal would be to focus on only one thing: survival.
  - summary from the publisher

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this narrative nonfiction - those men went through the ringer. I'm sure that I wouldn't have survived a tenth of the horrors they went through. While this book isn't graphic, it does touch on some gruesome parts. I felt terrible for the animals in this book  - their treatment made me tear up. I felt heartsick for the men for all the horrors they went through, it seemed like one horror after another. Which kept me turning the pages because I needed to see how everything turned out. I liked the additions of the photographs and the maps, they added to the story. Perfect for readers who like survival and/or adventure stories. 

About the Author:
Tod Olson is the author of the historical fiction series How to Get Rich and the four books in the Lost series--Lost in the Pacific, 1942; Lost in Outer Space;  Lost in the Amazon; and Lost in the Antarctic. He has written for national magazines on the Columbine school shooting, homeless teens, the murder of Matthew Shepard, and many other stories of interest to children and young adults. Tod holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Vermont with his family, his mountain bike, and his electric reclining chair. To learn more, and to download free teaching resources, visit his website:

Praise for previous titles in the Lost series

★"A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Engaging... A great choice for collections." —School Library Journal

Doesn't this sound good?

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One lucky winner will receive Lost in the Antarctic, courtesy of Scholastic, Inc. (U.S. addresses).


Danielle H. said...

Honestly, I'd find the trip fascinating, but I'd have lots of training to do to deal with the climate.

YA Sleuth said...

This book sounds so cool... I'm too chicken to go to Antarctica, I think.