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A Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

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In this response to literature, a student reviews a book's plot and theme.

Title: A Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

Level: Grade 4, Grade 5

Mode: Response to Literature

Form: Book Review

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A Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

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A Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong is the most exciting book I’ve ever read. It describes one of the most amazing adventures in history.

In 1914, 28 explorers try to cross Antarctica. They never get there. Their ship becomes trapped by ice 100 miles from their destination. The explorers are stranded for almost two years near Antarctica. In Antarctica the temperature can get to -100° Fahrenheit. Ernest Shackleton, the group’s leader, sails 800 miles in a 20-foot boat to look for help.

I loved reading the details of this adventure. With 40 photos from the actual explorers, I felt like I was there with them. I don’t like ice and cold, but I had to keep reading to find out what these explorers did to survive.

The author describes how brave these explorers were. As I read this book, I wondered if I could have been that brave. The author shows how different people can work together as a team. She also tells how important being a good leader is. The book is great from start to finish.


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