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Race to the South Pole

(Ranger in Time #4)

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, is back! This time, he joins a dangerous expedition to the South Pole!

Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, joins an early twentieth-century expedition journeying from New Zealand to Antarctica. He befriends Jack Nin, the stowaway turned cabin boy of Captain
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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Adonica
Wouldn't grab the rest of the series for my kiddos. ...more
Heidi
Once again, Ranger sets off through time to help a young person in trouble. He arrives in time to save Jack Nin from drowning. As Ranger travels with Jack and the rest of Captain Scott's crew, he has not idea that he will see and experience things that few ever do, penguins, killer whales, nasty blizzards, and deep crevasses. But through it all Ranger travels by Jack's side wondering when he'll get to go home. I enjoyed traveling with Ranger and Jack as Jack learns for the first time just what b ...more
zapkode
{My thoughts} – Ranger is a rather adventurous dog. I don’t think he means to be as brave as he is, but each time his first aid kit hums, he’s off on a new adventure. So far he’s traveled to many exciting places, I do believe my favorite so far has been in a previous book when he’d ended up in Rome!

In this book he winds up on a boat. It becomes clear to him that he needs to save and protect a young boy named Jack. Jack had a thirst for adventure and climbs aboard the vessel uninvited.

When Jack i
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Cheryl Lykowski
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ranger in Time is a great chapter book series for young elementary students. Ranger, a dog, travels back in time and uses factual information to tell the story of a particular time in history. This particular book shares the adventures of Ranger and other characters as they make their way to the South Pole to become the first that has accomplished this task successfully. The adventure and suspense held my students attention and had them begging for more!
Christy
Ranger, the time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training, joins an early twentieth-century expedition journeying from New Zealand to Antarctica. He befriends Jack Nin, the stowaway turned cabin boy of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ship. They're racing against a rival explorer to reach the South Pole, but with unstable ice, killer whales, and raging blizzards, the journey turns into a race against time... and a struggle to stay alive. ...more
Jane Sweatt
Jul 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books for use with my tutoring time. Kate Messner does a great job infusing (can I use that term) history, intrigue and excitement in her "Ranger" books. This is a wonderful read about a dog determined to help a young man who yearned for the excitement and thrills of adventure and exploring not unlike his grandfather. Does Ranger help yup and Jack (young man) learns a lot about himself and what exploring in Antartica really means. A good read. ...more
Maria Gross
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Viktoria Cox
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy
Aug 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still loving this series, though this one was a little repetitive. How many different ways can a group of people almost die on the way to the South Pole? As usual, the author's notes are fascinating and reveal the depth of research she does before each book in order to make it as accurate as possible. ...more
Cindy • leavemetomybooks•
A time-traveling golden retriever? Yes, please!
Ranger the dog’s magical first aid kit sends him on Scott’s Antarctic expedition to keep a stowaway kid safe. Lots and lots of falling in crevasses. Good read for 1-2-3.
Martha
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story for ages 7-10, with good tidbits about travel to the South Pole. It had some of the hard things about the journey, while still being age appropriate. The dog travels through time, which makes this series unique.
Allison
I support independent bookstores. You can use this link to find one near you: http://www.indiebound.org ...more
Isla
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is for six and older.
Dusty
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute and sweet! A great revisit to one of my favorite book series when I was younger.
Audrey J
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dressed as Ranger for dress like your favorite book character day!
Ashlyn
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a GOOD book! I would recommend this for 2nd-5th graders. You should read this!
Rach W
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
A gripping page turner based on events that really happened as a team of men raced to the South Pole!
Culleen
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one of my second grade classes. They loved it.
aem
Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The boy in this one was foolish and selfish, putting people and himself in danger though he did learn finally that there’s no place like home.
GheenGirls
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Turtle: great! Return to library.
Carrie Brown-Wolf
Sep 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure series for kids!
Yapha
Another winning entry in the Ranger in Time series!

Just when Ranger is enjoying the snow at home, he is whisked through time on another mission. Landing on Robert Scott's ship the Terra Nova, Ranger finds himself rescuing Jack, a Chinese-Maori New Zealander who has stowed away on the ship. This is the first of Ranger's many rescues as he and Jack join Captain Scott's expedition to Antarctica in the hope of reaching the South Pole. This well-researched adventure does an excellent job combining hi
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Jaymie
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series. I've always described it as Magic Tree House with a dog, but this one also has an I Survived series feel to it. I think kids will love that. And this is a part of history that doesn't get a lot of coverage, so they'll learn something new, too. Great author's note at the end wraps things up nicely. ...more
Mary Lee
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seal of approval by the Arctic/Antarctic Exploration buff in the house (based on retelling, not reading). He thought it especially clever to use the stowaway from Shackleton's Endurance for Scott's Terra Nova. I liked the inclusion of the multiculturalism of New Zealand. ...more
Pam  Page
Nice addition to the Ranger series. Plenty of adventure and historical facts to keep children interested. As always, Messner does a great job of documenting sources and providing further reading ideas for readers.
Brenda
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting point in history. I like how the story was based on facts and the race to the South Pole.
Trisha
fun and a tiny bit scary
Lisa
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
Read with my 7 year old. He really likes this series.
Joanne Muldoon
BEAUTIFUL illustrations. Excellent story.
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Kate Messner is an award-winning author, TED 2012 speaker, and former middle school English teacher. Her books for kids include THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.,SUGAR AND ICE, and EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/Bloomsbury Dec. 2010) the MARTY MCGUIRE series (Scholastic), SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Chronicle, Books). Kate also wrote SPITFIRE and CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, bot ...more

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