Story: Shakleton's Lost Expedition
Ages 10 and up; Clarion; 1999
Winner of the Society of
Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 1999 Golden Kite Honor
Story: Just a month and a half into Sir Ernest Shackleton's
1914 expedition to Antarctica, his ship, the Endurance, was caught
fast in the heavy pack ice that surrounds the southern pole. Shackleton
and his twenty-seven-man crew had no radio contact, and no one knew
where they were or even that they were in trouble.
The series of disasters that followed constitutes
an amazing adventure that by all accounts no man should have survived.
It was only through the extraordinary leadership, courage, and strength
of Shackleton that he and his men had any chance against unstable
ice floes, treacherous waters, freezing temperatures, and starvation.
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel reveals her gift for storytelling
in this tightly woven, suspenseful book about the true events that
transpired on the ill-fated Endurance voyage. Archival black-and-white
pictures taken and carefully preserved by the ship's photographer
document the stark conditions and the activities of the crew throughout
up in Westchester, New York, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel did not find
much in the way of sub-zero temperatures and blizzards to play in.
In her imagination, however, each winter brought the frozen wasteland
of Antarctica to her doorstep, and in her dreams she explored the
icy peaks and glaciers surrounding the South Pole.
For years she collected and read books on explorers
of both Antarctica and the Arctic, and came to view them as old
friends. But the tale of one such explorer, Ernest Shackleton, was
one to which she returned time and time again.
"Even now," Kimmel says, "knowing his story inside
and out, I still have trouble believing it. The things that happened
to him, and the things he did, simply defy belief. He certainly
had the very worst luck and the very best luck of any man alive."
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