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10 to 18
5 to 12
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7.5" x 9.5"
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-709-0
Black-and-white archival photographs
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From 1908 until 1954, Donald Baxter MacMillan spent nearly 50 years exploring the Arctic—longer than anyone else. Growing up near the ocean, and orphaned by 12, MacMillan forged an adventurous life. Mary Morton Cowan focuses on the vital role MacMillan played in Robert Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition, as well as his relationships with explorers Peary, Matthew Henson, and Richard Byrd. She follows his long and distinguished career, including daring adventures, contributions to environmental science and to the cultural understanding of eastern Arctic natives. Working closely with the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, Cowan showcases many MacMillan documents and archival photographs, many MacMillan's own in this winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award.


"This engaging biography is also a solid overview of an era of exploration that still captivates adventurous youths. It will find an audience among readers who enjoyed Katherine Kirkpatrick's The Snow Baby (Holiday House) or adventure novels such as Roland Smith's Peak (Harcourt, both 2007)." --School Library Journal

"A good read for reluctant male readers." --Library Media Connection

"The severe hardships and wild beauties of the Arctic come through as strongly as [Cowan's] case for the significance of [MacMillan's] achievements. Extensive back matter concludes." --Booklist

Meet the Author

Mary Morton Cowan

Mary Morton Cowan is the author of Captain Mac, which won several awards including the National Outdoor Book Award and the Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award. She is also the author of Ice Country and Timberrr!: A History of Logging in New England.

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