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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The men come close to mutiny.
Violence & Scariness
Many, especially the passage to Elephant Island. The men are often close to death.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book is history as exciting adventure -- better than fictional survival stories, beautifully written, and illustrated with photos that survived from the voyage.
Is It Any Good?
This unbelievable story -- the subject of numerous books, articles, and even a museum exhibition -- is enhanced by Jennifer Armstrong's breathtaking prose. From the spellbinding introduction through the epilogue, it is her writing as much as the story that rivets the reader's attention. The tale is a testament to the old-fashioned virtues that made the British such great explorers during the height of their Empire. Courage, fortitude, perseverance, good cheer and humor in the face of disaster, and that uniquely British trait called the "stiff upper lip" are all on display, as the crew endures the most punishing setbacks yet ultimately triumphs.
The photos, taken mostly on glass plates by Frank Hurley, survived along with the men, and are of exceptional quality. Along with the text, they provide a you-are-there quality that keeps readers holding their breaths for much of the story. This account is told as the most exciting of adventure tales, the way history for children should be written.
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