The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure

by Martin W. Sandler

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Overview

The dead of an Arctic winter. Whaling ships full of men, stranded in ice. Follow three rescuers in a race against time — and all odds — in this heartpounding true adventure.

In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them. The mission? A perilous trek over 1,500 miles of nearly impassable Alaskan terrain, in the bone-chilling months of winter, to secure two herds of reindeer (for food) and find a way to guide them to the whalers before they starve. With the help of photographs and journal entries by one of the rescuers, Martin W. Sandler takes us on every step of their riveting journey, facing raging blizzards, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and setbacks to test the strongest of wills.
Back matter includes an epilogue, further information, a time line, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763666347
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 580,351
Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
File size: 21 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Outstanding nonfiction writing that makes history come alive.
—Kirkus Reviews

A terrific true tale, well told.
—Booklist

Using extensive primary sources in the form of journals, reports, letters, and photographs, Sandler has pieced together a stirring and evocative retelling of this historical adventure. The writing draws readers into both the suspense of reaching the struggling whalers in time as well as the dire, life-threatening conditions that the rescuers themselves faced.
—School Library Journal

Crisply designed with plentiful white space, this book shares a thrilling and inspirational story of determination, perseverance, and bravery.
—Publishers Weekly

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The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has everything young readers would relate to...danger, suspense, daring heros and great historic photos to bring the story to life. Best of all, it is history. I bought this for my 12 year old grandson, but read it myself first and would definitely recommend it.