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Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story

Authors: Wallace, Rich & Wallace, Sandra Neil
Publisher: Astra Publishing House
BISAC/Subject: JNF025080, JNF002000, JNF038090
ISBN: 9781629799155, Related ISBNs: 1629794287, 1629799157, 9781629794280, 9781629799155
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 192,
Audience: Children/juvenile
Synopsis:

A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book

In the years following the Civil War, "Arctic fever" gripped the American public, fueled by myths of a fertile, tropical sea at the top of the world. Several explorers attempted to find a route to the North Pole, but none succeeded. Bound by Ice follows the journey of George Washington De Long and the crew of the USS Jeannette, who departed San Francisco in the summer of 1879 hoping to find a route to the North Pole. However, in mid-September the ship became locked in ice north of Siberia and drifted for nearly two years before it was crushed by ice and sank. De Long and his men escaped the ship and began a treacherous journey in extreme polar conditions in an attempt to reach civilization. Many—including De Long—did not survive. A riveting true-life adventure, Bound by Ice includes excerpts from De Long’s extensive journals, which were recovered with his body; newspapers from the time; and photos and sketches by the men on the expedition. The title also includes an epilogue, author’s note, bibliography, source notes, and index.

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