BOUND BY ICE! A True North Pole Survival Story
“A gripping account of a disastrous 1879 American expedition to find the North Pole.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Honesdale, Pennsylvania August 2017 -- Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, announces the publication of BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story written by noted nonfiction authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace. This riveting true-life adventure for readers ages 9 and up will be available on September 19, 2017.
In the years following the Civil War, “Arctic fever” gripped the American public, fueled by myths of a fertile, tropical sea at the top of the world. Several explorers attempted to find a route to the North Pole, but none succeeded. BOUND BY ICE follows the journey of George Washington De Long and the crew of the USS Jeannette, who departed San Francisco in the summer of 1879 hoping to find a route to the North Pole. However, in mid-September the ship became locked in ice north of Siberia and drifted for nearly two years before it was crushed by ice and sank. De Long and his men escaped the ship and began a treacherous journey in extreme polar conditions in an attempt to reach civilization. Many—including De Long—did not survive.
Authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace relate this spellbinding story in rich detail through excerpts from De Long’s extensive journals, which were recovered with his body, newspapers from the time, and photos and sketches by the men on the expedition.
In a starred review for BOUND BY ICE, Kirkus Reviews raves: “The authors skillfully incorporate quotes from journals, letters, and official documents. Vivid language and narrative techniques such as cliffhangers maximize the drama, while well-chosen anecdotes convey the personalities. Highly appealing narrative nonfiction for anyone who loves true adventure.”
And Booklist says, also in a starred review, that BOUND BY ICE “…presents an exemplary example of how to piece together an intriguing story from a variety of sources.”
BOUND BY ICE: A True North Pole Survival Story
Calkins Creek • Written by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace * September 19, 2017 • 978-1-62979-915-5 * $17.95 US/$23.50 CAN • ebook 978-1-62979-915-5 * calkinscreekbooks.com * sandraneilwallace.com * richwallacebooks.com * Includes an epilogue, author’s note, bibliography, source notes, and index.