Troubling a Star by
Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers 1994
In this fictional story, teenager Vicky Austin is given
a birthday gift of a trip to Antarctica. She meets her
fellow travelers, learning a different view of what Antarctica
could and should be from each of them. Eventually she becomes
the unwitting target of international and illegal intrigue
and finds herself left on an iceberg to die. Although the
main character of Vicky isn't particularly strong, the
story does an excellent job of introducing a new reader
to the environment, creatures and political and ethical
questions surrounding Antarctica. It is a good starting
place for discussion on the future of the continent.
Horrible Geography Perishing
Poles by Anita Ganeri
Scholastic, Inc. 2002
This is a paperback textbook written in a tongue-in-cheek
style and packed full of information. It covers vocabulary;
Scott's, Amundsen's and Shackleton's journeys; a comparison
of the two poles' geography, climate, weather patterns,
animal and plant life; protection facts about hypothermia
and human habitation; and ecological questions and problems.
Although almost half of the small book is dedicated to
the North Pole, it is still a good sourcebook and starting
place for intermediate and teen readers who have no background
knowledge of the continent of Antarctica.
Shipwreck at the Bottom of
the World The
Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and The Endurance by
Scholastic, Inc. 1998
This is an excellent telling of the true story of Shackleton,
his crew, and their journey to and survival in Antarctica.
With highly readable text and many black and white photos,
it covers preparation for the voyage, survival in a frozen
landscape, the destruction of the ship Endurance, how the
crew traveled and camped on the ice, the decision to separate
and have some crew members try for Elephant Island, and
the eventual rescue of the entire crew. Although it doesn't
tell as much about the wildlife as some other books, it
gives a painfully clear depiction of the hardships of life
in Antarctica and the courage and character of the people
who tackle it.
Trial By Ice A Photobiography
of Sir Ernest Shackleton by
K. M. Kostyal
Scholastic, Inc. 1999
This is also a very readable text of Shackleton and his
journey. The pictures are larger and more numerous than
the book mentioned above, but there is less text and information.