Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

by Jennifer Armstrong

Other Format



Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World vividly recreates one of the most extraordinary adventure stories in history.

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped. The expedition survived an Antarctic winter in the icebound ship, then, after Endurance sank, five months camped on the ice followed by a perilous boat journey through storms and icebergs to remote and unvisited Elephnat Island, 600 miles from Cape Horn. From there, their only hope was for someone to fetch help. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of the treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat and then hiked across the unmapped, glacier-strewn interior of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. In August 1916, 19 months after Endurance first became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to Elephant Island for his men.

Jennifer Armstrong narrates these almost unbelievable events with vigor, an eye for detail, and an appreciation of the marvelous leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who brought home every one of his men alive. With them survived a remarkable archive of photographs of the expedition, more than forty of which are reproduced here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780613301268
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.

Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Jennifer Armstrong is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. Many of her books have been designated as Notable Books by the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.

For more information on Jennifer Armstrong, visit her website at, or read her blog at

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChelseaRose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a great deal of information and is set up like a chapter book with a lot of text and few pictures. There are some maps included that help the reader to understand the voyage. Shackleton was the captain of the Endurance, a ship that traveled to Antarctica with a crew of scientists, doctors, and handy men to sail around unchartered waters. The ship gets stuck in the ice and after months of waiting for the ice to break the team leaves the ship, dragging the life boats across the ice to use as shelter. They survive for over a year this way, until the captain sails in one of the life boats to Elephant island and returns with a ship to rescue the men. It's crazy that they survived this experience, and makes you thankful to not be stuck in Antarctica.