Spirit of Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong
The True Story of the Shackleton Expedition to the Antarctic

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In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out from England in an attempt to lead the first expedition across the Antarctic continent. What followed was one of the most extraordinary survival stories in history: a ship trapped and then wrecked by ice; an expedition marooned, first on the constantly shifting Antarctic pack, then on a remote, uninhabited island; a daring open boat journey across the world's most violent ocean; a trek over unmapped mountains; and finally an amazing rescue.
Jennifer Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World received widespread praise and won the Orbis Pictus Award. Now she tells the Endurance story for a younger audience, in an oversize format with color paintings re-creating the detail and drama of the expedition's ordeal.

About Jennifer Armstrong

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Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts. Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives with her husband, Jim Kunstler, and their three dogs in Saratoga Springs, New York. Kunstler is also an author, and he serves as Armstrong's toughest critic. They spend their summers in a lakeside cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Jennifer Armstrong is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. Many of her books have been designated as Notable Books by the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.For more information on Jennifer Armstrong, visit her Web site at www.jennifer-armstrong.com
Published September 12, 2000 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This distillation of Armstrong's Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World into picture book format masterfully foreshortens the key events of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated expedition aboard the Endurance to Antarctica.

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