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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  398 ratings  ·  109 reviews
On October 26, 1914, Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance set sail from Buenos Aires in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in exploration: the crossing of the Antarctic continent. The crew stood on deck to watch the city fade away. All but one.

Eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow hid below in a locker. But the thrill of stowing away with the legendary explorer would soon turn to f
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 18th 2008 by Laurel Leaf (first published February 8th 2005)
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many many animals were harmed in the writing of this story. and "good" animals, too, not just the necessary "starving in antarctica" ones that you have to kill for survival. there are awful penguin-clubbing sequences, some euthanasia of dogs and a cat, and lots of seals make their way into seal heaven. there is also one awesome amputation scene.disney will never option this story. there are very few places to insert singing mice (twss) but it is a true account of a young boy who stowed away on s ...more
"I never even heard of this book, if we have to read it for science I will most likely hate it." These were the thoughts that ran through my head as I was assigned to read this book for science. The next day I bring it home dreading to open it and start reading the first 100 pages before midterm. When I pulled out the book my dad looked over and asked what I was reading. When he saw that it was "Shackleton's Stowaway" his face lit up with excitement. "That is one of the most amazing rescue stori ...more
Cheryl A
Although this is a fictionalized account of Perce Blackborow, a 18 year old stowaway on the Endurance, Shackleton's ill-fated ship on his expedition to cross the Antarctic, the novel is full of well researched historical fact.

Stranded in South America after their ship runs aground in Montevideo, Perce Blackborow and his mate, Billy Bakewell, search for another posting on a ship and discover by chance that the Endurance will have two openings. Although Billy is hired on, Perce is considered too
Lisa Campbell
Lisa Campbell
Perce Blackborow really wants to join the crew of the Endurance for its expedition. Denied a job on the ship he stows away with the help of two friends. Under the leadership of Shackleton, Perce learns the value of sheer grit, determination and optimism. In the world’s most treacherous seas they battle their way to safety, finally making land only to find rescue is still hundreds of miles away. During the horrifying days of rowing, Perce discovers that his feet are frozen s
It was a cold, sucky weekend, so reading a story about infinitely more badass people than I, enduring a far colder, suckier time sounded appealing. If you love cold weather exploration/adventure/survival stories like I love cold weather exploration/adventure/survival stories, then you should love this book too. It's thrilling and truly, just ungodly brutal. There's no shying away from the hunger, madness, toe amputations, clubbing of adorable seals and penguins so the crew won't starve, and from ...more
I think this book was a major contributor to my inability to fall asleep last evening until after 2 AM. This is my first experience with the story of the Shackleton expedition and Victoria McKernan has me chomping at the bit to read more about Shackleton, look to find Hurley's photos and perhaps read more about these incredible survivors. The narrative and dialog mix kept me moving and since I hadn't read about the expedition I didn't know until the end who survived. I plan to add this to a new ...more
Libby Ames
If I start lamenting a Minnesota winter, I can be grateful I'm not spending four months under a lifeboat on an Artic island waiting for rescue. Victoria McKernan bases her novel on the experience of Perce Blackborow, the youngest member of Ernest Shackelton's crew as they attempt to cross Antarctica. Miraculously, all the crew return alive from the two year journey; however, over two-thirds is spent trapped by pack ice and nearly a year is spent with no ship at all. Drawing heavily from journals ...more
There are lots of spoilers! Only click if you have read!(view spoiler) ...more
Jake Swanson
Book Title: Shackleton's Stowaway
Author: Victoria McKernan
Lexile: 740
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I really liked the book that I just read. One reason that I liked the book so much was because it seemed like this actual story happened. The event actually happened, but it was modified because it added a fictional character. Another reason why I liked the book was because it has lots of suspense. It was very suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it.

One of my favorite pa
Shackleton's story doesn't need novelization to be an amazing read, but it was fun to see the characters personified. This was a great "survival book," Charlotte Doyle, Hatchet, Island of the Blue Dolphins style adventure, but the fact that it's a true story makes it all the more amazing. It makes me want to read more books on the subject.
Chris Druin
This is a wonderful adventure story. I am fascinated by what all the crew went through! This book is told from the perspective of the stowaway and is an amazing true story!
So, I read this book for a school project (and those kind of books are never good) but I actually really enjoyed it. It was filled to the brim with adventure, humor, wit, and excitement. I loved every single one of the characters, and I thought all their personalities were so unique. Each one of them added something to the story, and I liked how it wasn't all about Perce (the stowaway), but had bits of all the (important) characters stories and thoughts in it. Another thing about it that I enjoy ...more

I hated this book with a passion. It's like reading somebodys journal that you don't like or want to hear about. My friend said that he wasn't like he couldn't put the book donw but he liked it. I disagree. The story was ok but it was dull. if they limited it to 100 pages then it would of been alittle better. just a little. The way it was written was distusting and the way story was depressing as well. One of the reasons the story sucked was they killed inocent seals and those seals went to the
Shackleton’s stowaway was written by Victoria MeReman. It was a good book but it could have been beter the book takes place in the Antarctica. They are on an expedition to cross the North Pole. When there ship sinks when crushed by ice. So they start on foot to Elephant Island so they can be rescued. When traveling to Elephant Island thy start to run out of rations so they kill the dogs along with the puppies they had decided it was nicer to shoot them than let them starve to death. Perce is th ...more
OK this book is the best book I have ever read! If you like adventure and fighting for survival kinda books, then you will love this book!

In the early 1900's exploration was considered to be one of the most death defying and toughest occupations you could have at the tije. Perce, a young scalywag like myself, wanted to join on a what I would call a suicide mission. But actually it was just a boat trip... across the continent of ATANTARTICA!!!! Shackleton, the captain of the endurance, is settin
Shackleton's Stowaway By: Victoria Mckernan
Shackleton's Stowaway in set in antarctica in the very early 90's. The Story is about Perce Blackborrows adventure as a stowaway on the Endurance's expedition to the antarctic under the command of Sir Ernst Shackleton. The main characters in Shackleton's Stowaway are Perce Blackborrow, Billy Bakewell, Sir Ernst Shackleton, Frank Wild, Tim and Tom.

The story starts when Perce and his buddy Billy Bakewell fresh off a ship wreck with the boat named The Gold
07DerekB Bynum
I liked the book. It was great. But the real question is; would you like Antarctica? I know that most people wouldn't because of the freezing temperatures!

In 1914 a group of men set off to the Antarctic continent in a ship called the Endurance. Before they left they were in England. Perce Blackborow (the stowaway) and his good friend from the U.S. William Bakewell (Billy) go and try and get a job interview to work abourd the ship. In 1914 the ship, Endurance set sail to be the first voyage to c
I do not usualy like historical non fiction books but Shackletons Stowaway was better than I thought it would be. the reason why I read it originaly was because I needed to haave a science term project and reading this book was an option. I like to read alot so I decided that I wouuld read this book for science because that would be the easiest option and I would finnish it much faster than the others. Almost one month later I found out that the first 100 pages would have to be read by the next ...more
Jacob Hawkins p5
Shackleton’s stow away by Victoria mckernan
Shackeltons stowaway is an adventure book. It is amazing I would have to say that the author is very gifted. This book is about a Party that goes to Antarctica and almost dies, hundreds of times. This is a true story and some of the better non-fiction adventure stories out there.
This book takes place in 1914. The Lusitania gets sunk and Siberia declares war on Hungary. World War 1 breaks loose. The world goes to hell and this is when the
The book “Shackleton’s Stowaway” written by Victoria Mc’Keunan is a wonderful novel based on the will of men. In a grand total of three hundred pages the story addresses how a group of men goes to and survives the dreaded Antarctica. I would only suggest this book to teens and older because of how emotionally and physically hard it gets in the book. It could not happen in a different environment without totally changing the book. Some of the main characters from the book are Shackleton their le ...more
I chose this book because I had it as an option in science for Mrs. Brinkerhoff's class. At first, when I picked up this book, I thought it was going to be one of those same old books. Educational and such. But it turned out to be a pretty good book! True story too!

Shackletons Stowaway was a very hard book for me to get into, because I thought it was just going to be a dull book. But once I started reading it, it became quiet addicting! While I was reading this book, I noticed that it is more o
Would you like Antarctica? I know that most people wouldn’t because of the freezing temperatures! In 1914 a group of men set off to the Antarctic continent in a ship called the Endurance. Before they left they were in England. Perce Blackborow (the stowaway) and his good friend from the U.S. William Bakewell (Billy) go and try and get a job interview to work aboard the ship.
In 1914 the ship, Endurance set sail to be the first voyage to cross the Antarctic continent around the South Pole. Perce B
I actually really like this book, which was a little surprising for me because usually I don't like the books that were put on a list and i have to choose one to read. My Science teacher gives everyone in her class a paper with a list of stuff we can do for a term project. I chose to read a book because I am pretty fast at reading and it wouldn't take that long to read. My Favorite parts in the story is when Shackleton tells Perce his outlook on luck and when Perce is on the ships shaft with the ...more
"Shackleton's Stowaway" written by Victoria McKernan is a great book if your looking for an adventure story with some facts about an actual historical even along the way. The major events and important dates in this book actually happened but certain conversations were fabricated to help make a story. I thought that this book was good at setting the scene, making characters come to life and it made learning historical events fun! Although this book was good at making characters come to life it ...more
Shackleton Stowaway
By Victoria McKernan

Perce Blackborrow was the youngest lad in the crew, Billy and him would always wanted to go sail away for a while but they did not know what they were getting themselves into. They had always grown up together working at the same job and even liking the same girls. Perce was only fifteen; Billy was the one that talked Perce into sailing to Antarctica with him but didn’t know how to tell Shackleton that another volunteer wanted to come. As the next day, Bill
06ChristianS Staton
The book shackletons stowaway was a great young adult book for many reasons. It was very intense, grabbing, and it truly thrilled me. But on the other hand, the some chapters were pretty short and useless. And some of the short chapters were boring and could use some more pizazz.
A cool quality of this book is that it is a true thriller because there are many parts of this book that thrilled me, but a couple of parts of the book that got me. One was, “then the wolf lunged and clamped his fangs o
Could you image your best friend getting the job/trip of your lifetime and you have to stay back at port, even though it wasn’t a 100% that they would make it bake alive. Perce Still wanted to do it at all coast he felt like he had to. So his friend thought of this great idea of Perce sniking onto the ship and waiting a couple of days until they were so fair out at see that they would have to let him stay on the boat. And his friend would bring him food during the day. So after they did the grea ...more
Lia F
Shackleton's Stowaway
Historical Nonfiction
317 pages

Perce is a boy who lived back in the early 1900s. He dreams of becoming a sailor. When Ernest Shackleton, the greatest known explorer of the time, comes along Perce and his buddy, Billy, think its almost too good to be true. Especially when they witness two of Shackleton's crew members getting fired. They both apply for the job. Perce did not have much experience but Billy knew a lot about sailing so Perce figured he could learn. But w
Do you want to read about one of the greatest true survival stories of all time? If so, Shackleton's Stowaway is the book for you. This 317 page book by Victoria McKernan is about an Antarctic Expedition on a ship called the Endurance. It is a great story. There were things I liked about it and things that I didn't like. Overall it was an ok book.
The story is about three friends who aboard a ship called the Endurance to work as sailors and to explore Antarctica. Billy Bakewell and Tim McCarthy g
May 09, 2012 03nathanf rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
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Have you ever actually heard of a true story that involved someone stowing on a ship and not being kicked off. Well I had the opportunity to read Shackleton’s Stowaway which is a book that is based on a real life adventure that tells the story of the attempted voyage of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton’s ship Endurance across Antarctica. When I first heard I had to read this book I thought it was going to be another dull book for my science class but it turned out that I ended up enjoying this book ...more
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Victoria McKernan started traveling at the age of eighteen and spent many years working her way around the world, hitchhiking and sailing. She graduated in 1982 from George Washington University with a BA in theatre. Since learning to scuba-dive on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, she has worked as a scuba instructor, underwater model, and divemaster on several ships. She lives in Washington DC wit ...more
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