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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong
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Nov 17, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya-lit, nonfiction-informational
Read in September, 2009

English explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton--along with a crew of 27 men and his ship The Endurance--got trapped in Antarctica's ice. Their ambitions of trekking across Antarctica were far from their thoughts as survival became number one priority. And survival seemed anywhere from possible. But Shackleton got back to England--with all 27 men. This story is as miraculous in its message of survival as it is gripping in its suspense.
Beyond these traits, Shipwreck is a book to recommend and read for Jennifer Armstrong’s impressive writing style that refreshingly reminds us that non-fiction can be every bit as exciting as fiction. Armstrong’s style matches the intensity of Shackleton’s story with literary tools of the trade, fast-paced prose, and infusions of vivid detail. I highly recommend this incredible read.
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