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Journey to the Pole

(The first book in the Antarctica series)
A novel by

"The call of Antarctica is loud and clear: Go away. You hear it in the groans of colliding ice floes. In the shriek of 200-mile-an-hour winds hurtling down the Transantarctic Mountains. In the thunder of an ice shelf splitting into the sea. In the hostile silence of a darkness that begins in April and ends in June."

And yet, for polar explorers like Jack Winslow, the call is irresistible. Days after his beloved wife's death in May 1909, Jack, his son Colin, and his stepson Andrew, along with a motley crew of sailors, doctors, photographers, and scientists, set out on a journey to the bottom of the earth. During their harrowing expedition, they must confront many horrors in addition to their personal grieving and family disharmony: frostbite, killer whales, deadly ice floes, lack of food, negative-100-degree Fahrenheit temperatures, bottomless crevasses, a mutinous crew. Endurance, loyalty, and humanity are tested, and no man can be sure he'll emerge alive.

Peter Lerangis's exciting novel is packed with thoroughly researched information on the Antarctic and turn-of-the-century ocean travel. While the character development is a little hard to follow--each chapter is told from a different crew member's point of view--the story itself is thrilling. At the conclusion, the explorers (and readers) are left hanging from the proverbial cliff, as the ship becomes trapped between ice floes. (Ages 9 to 13) --Emilie Coulter

The year is 1909. A motley crew of explorers and vagabonds sets sail for Antarctica aboard the Mystery. The voyage south is long and hard, and tensions between the crew members are severe. Breaking new ground, they set out to conquer the great South Pole. But they do not make it all the way. Instead, they must retreat for their lives. And so begins a year-long trek back to civilization, with every day bringing new risk and new adventure.

Genre: Children's Fiction

Used availability for Peter Lerangis's Journey to the Pole

Hardback Editions

June 2000 : USA Library Binding

Title: Journey to the Pole (Antarctica (Scholastic))
Author(s): Peter Lerangis
ISBN: 0-613-24221-1 / 978-0-613-24221-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
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April 2000 : USA Library Binding

Title: Antarctica: Journey to the Pole (Antarctica, 1)
Author(s): Peter Lerangis
ISBN: 0-606-18864-9 / 978-0-606-18864-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Antarctica: Journey to the Pole (Antartica, 1)
Author(s): Peter Lerangis
ISBN: 0-439-16387-0 / 978-0-439-16387-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Antarctica: Journey to the Pole (Antarctica (Scholastic) Book 1)
Author(s): Peter Lerangis
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
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