“Shackleton's Stowaway,” by Victoria McKernan

“Shackleton's Stowaway,” by Victoria McKernan is a survival story based on the real life experiences of a young boy who was part of the ill-fated Endurance expedition to cross the Antarctic continent.

In the early 1900's exploration was considered to be one of the most daring occupations a person could have. When Perce Blackborow meets up with Ernest Shackleton, the famed Artic explorer it is a dream come true. Shackleton is setting off on another amazing quest, this time with the goal of crossing the Antarctic. At first Perce Blackborrom hopes that the explorer will take him on as a sailor with the crew, but soon it becomes obvious that he has no intention of accepting him as part of the team.

So Perce decides to stow away on the Endurance, aided by a few friends that he has made on board. Little does he know but the Endurance has a dangerous future in store. Before the expedition can even reach the Antartic continent the Endurance is trapped in the ice and slowly crushed. The crew is forced to abandon the ship and set out across the ice, packing the three life boats and as much supplies as they can. In the dangerous Southern climes even a small mistake can mean your death from frostbite. With little equipment and food the men of the Endurance must fight for their lives.

I really enjoyed the historical fiction aspects of “Shackleton's Stowaway.” The story feels well researched and Victoria McKernan demonstrates an exhaustive eye for detail as she presents the storyline. The character interactions and descriptions of the Arctic climate are fascinating, and the stories suspense is reasonable without becoming overdone. I highly recommend “Shackleton's Stowaway” as a survival story that I enjoyed.

During one of his Arctic voyages Ernest Shackleton and his crew created the first book written, illustrated, published, and bound on the continent of Antarctica. You can read more at Aurora Australis by Ernest Shackleton.


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Inkweaver Review 2009-01-27T09:48:00-06:00

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Carol @ iPentimento | Genealogy and More said...

My husband and I have watched some shows on the Shackleton expeditions that were very interesting. I didn't know there was a stowaway on board though. Interesting stuff, thanks!

NathanKP said...

Much of "Shackleton's Stowaway" is based directly on journals and books written by the crew members about their experience. I don't remember any titles, but if you want to read more about the stowaway on Shackleton's voyage, then "Shackleton's Stowaway" has a great bibliography.

Anonymous said...

forgive my ignorance, but the above mentions Antartica and Northern climes. wouldn't it be a Southern clime?

NathanKP said...

LOL

Good point! Thanks for pointing that out. I have edited the post. ;)

Nathan

Anonymous said...

you spelled Antarctic wrong...

Anonymous said...

this is the best book i have ever read if i could i would read this book over and over again this book is historical fiction and its a thriller and after u read passed chapter 5 u cant put the book down its so addicting! it really makes u think about what u have and what u should he grateful for this book it AMAZING! <3 this book

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading this book for a report and it is 1 of the best books in the world in my opinion unforgettable book cx

Anonymous said...

This is the book that helped shape my entire perspective of the world. It taught me the importance of optimism and realism in the face of unconquerable odds and that the world is and always will be beautiful.

Anonymous said...

This book sucked.

Anonymous said...

I am very interested in finding a copy and reading up on this epic tale. I may be bias though as Perce is a distant relative.. Joseph Blackborow ;)