You’ll Be Feeling Warm When You Read Jennifer Armstrong’s unforgettable book: Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
Reviewed by: Kelley Crawford
Summary: Now that winter has hit, we might think that our days and nights are cold, but they’re nothing compared to the blustery descriptions that Armstrong conveys in her
novel that is based on the true events of Ernest Shackleton. In August of 1914, Shackleton and his 27-man crew set out from England in order to be the first team to cross Antarctica
from one side to the other. In her non-fiction book, Armstrong describes the five-month journey that is full of hunger, frostbite, shipwrecks, and the inevitable struggles of being
human in a place that isn’t made for humans. Each page dives deeper into the crew’s journey, and with her well-researched photographs and information, Armstrong takes
the reader into the biting existence of these men. The reader not only feels the exultation of the nights when the men put on records and danced in their memories of
home, but they also feel the mens’ struggles, let-downs, and physical challenges, such as trying to pull their massive boat through ice. Throw in friendly penguins and a story that ends in triumph, and Armstrong has pieced together a time in history that should never be forgotten.
Review: I read this book from front to back on a train, and the person sitting next to me kept glancing over my shoulder in wonder. The book is well-researched, written in a way
that engages the reader, and provides fantastic descriptions in both the visual and written form. The writing is not bogged down with facts, and by the end of the book, the reader has loads of information about Shackleton’s journey.
Bottom Line: You’ll get the right kind of chills from Shipwrecked
Audience: If you liked Red Scarf Girl (Ji-Ji Jiang), The Book Thief (Markus Zusak ), or The Diary of Anne Frank, then you’ll be equally captivated by Shipwreck.