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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of… (original 1998; udgave 2000)

af Jennifer Armstrong (Forfatter)

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Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.
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Titel:Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
Forfattere:Jennifer Armstrong (Forfatter)
Info:Random House Children's Books (2000), Edition: Illustrated, 144 pages
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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance af Jennifer Armstrong (1998)

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I've always been intrigued and inspired by Shackleton - a man who was obsessed with Antarctica and failed to reach his goal repeatedly, but who was a true leader and the definition of perseverance.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World is a great retelling of Shackleton and the Endurance's story for all ages. Armstrong portrays the stark realities of what the men endured, pulling no punches but refraining from wallowing in the misery. The various journal excerpts really add to the variety of perspectives and authenticity of the events.

Armstrong clearly did a lot of research and is passionate about the subject; her writing is readable and interesting without ever dumbing anything down or using jargon. I'm left with even more admiration for Shackleton than I had before. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
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  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 28, 2020 |
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Jennifer Armstrong's "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" tells the miraculous and amazing story of Ernest Shackleton and his men surviving the notorious shipwreck near Antarctica in the early 20th century. The men survived after being without a ship for over a year and remarkably made it back to their homes in London. Armstrong tells their story.

I didn't really realized that YA non-fiction existed before this book. Sure, I read non-fiction books for kids as a child but I never had the opportunity to transition before I was thrown in to adult non-fiction books. I loved this book; I loved the simplicity of the story but the lack of washing over important details. It was the perfect balance of detail and length for me. It was wonderfully researched and explained. ( )
  haileyblatter | Nov 17, 2018 |
An interesting story about the agonizing expedition of the Endurance from England to Antarctica in 1914. Shackleton and his 28 crew members ventured out to be the first to cross the southern continent from one side to the other. Unfortunately, weather prevented them from making it to Antarctica; after being trapped for months in ice they had to abandon the Endurance. After leaving the Endurance they were forced them to make a perilous journey on 3 small boats back to safety. During this journey, Shackleton was forced to make sacrifices and challenging decisions to keep his crew alive. ( )
  MotherGoose10 | Oct 29, 2017 |
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong is an incredible look at some of the last days of exploration. What men like 13th century Marco Polo started, Sir Ernest Shackleton sought to finish by crossing Antarctica, the final unexplored continent.

This was a modern expedition, and from a record-keeping perspective, that is what makes this look at the Endurance such a captivating human story. Shackleton actually financed the expedition by mortgaging in advance the intellectual property rights to the story. Each man on the expedition kept journals that Shackleton owned the rights to, and those journals provide an unprecedented (as far as I know) look at the emotional experiences of men engaged in polar exploration. Shackleton also formed a film syndicate with the intention of making a movie about the voyage, and the vivid photographs interwoven throughout the book were taken by the expedition photographer. In short, this was capitalism at it's finest; not your granddaddy's mercantilism. The perfect foundation for a nonfiction book.

Shipwreck is a chapter book and includes maps, ship plans, the crew manifest, a table of contents, a bibliography, and an index. Author Jennifer Armstrong is a prolific YA writer, and brings a clear and direct tone to the content. Her descriptions of men weeping, dogs howling, and the captain and his crew constantly waking from nightmares screaming, paints a vivid psychological picture, but she doesn't belabor these dramatic aspects. Instead, her descriptions of the psychological torment are rather matter of fact. Her descriptions of the cold and wet misery suffered by the crew are, however, more likely to grab the attention of young readers. This book is probably appropriate for Middle Schoolers on up, though I would have pushed that age higher if it didn't begin with the author's assurance that every single member of the crew lived.

The book begins with Shackelton's motivation for the expedition, and a description of the preparation it required. Armstrong takes us all the way to the men returning to England, and through the fairly tragic reality that (spoiler alert) rather than ride off into the sunset, the men were pretty much all immediately conscripted into World War I. Finally, it ends with Shackleton's eventual death on the Antarctic continent, where he is buried. ( )
  EBolles | May 9, 2017 |
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Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

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