Sunday, October 6, 2013

Reading Rules Book Club

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

Imagine that you are shipwrecked in the Antarctic Ocean; your ship is slowly being crushed by tons of ice.  The temperature is well below freezing, the wind is continually howling, often with hurricane force, and there is nothing in sight for miles except ice.  It’s the early 20th century and technology is limited; no one knows exactly where you are.  Rescue is hopeless; you must find a way to civilization on your own...or freeze to death. 

Cold, dirty, and with limited resources, the men of the ship Endurance led by Sir Earnest Shackleton face this grim situation.  Their story of survival as they travel in stages over seemingly endless months is remarkable.  Enhanced by vintage photos taken by one of the ship’s crew, Armstrong’s book accurately portrays the courageous tale of survival. 

This book is the October selection for the homeschool Reading Rules book club for grades 3 – 6. 

Julie Boyd
Information Specialist - Youth Services

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