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    Frozen Secrets
    Antarctica Revealed
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    ©2010
    ISBN-13: 978-1-58013-607-5
    AR Quiz #: 138513
    AR Points: 5.00
    ATOS Level: 8.60
    Guided Reading: Y
    Pages: 104
    Trim Size: 10 5/8 x 8 7/8
    Dewey: 919.8'9
    Reading Grade Level: 5
    Interest Grade Level: 4-8
    Ages: 9-14
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    DESCRIPTION Sally M. Walker
    Studying Antarctica has never been for the fainthearted.

    "Hereabouts died a very gallant gentleman, Captain L. E. G. Oates of the Inniskilling Dragoons. In March 1912, returning from the Pole, he walked willingly to his death in a blizzard to try to save his comrades, beset by hardship."
    —Inscription on a cross placed near presumed final resting place of Antarctic explorer Lawrence “Titus” Oates, The Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913

    “We have one survival bag for every two people.”
    —Antarctic paleontologist William Hammer, Transantarctic Vertebrate Paleontology Project, 2004

     “When the ice cracks, it can sound like massive thunder rolls that seem to go on forever. If it is a serious cracking in the ice, it literally sounds like canon shots.”
    —Eighth-grade science teacher and Antarctic diver Robin Ellwood, Lake Ecosystems in Antarctica Project, 2008-2009

    Humanity’s fascination with the land at the bottom of the globe dates back at least to the ancient Romans, who imagined Terra Australis Incognita—the “unknown southern land”—and drew it on their maps even though no one had ever seen it.  It took a thousand years for this unknown land to become known.  Despite the many people who have since visited it, conquering the Antarctic frontier is a never-ending challenge that calls scientists and explorers to risk their lives in the pursuit of knowledge.

    Frozen Secrets is the tale of a continent, the inside story of the critical, cutting-edge research that brave men and women from around the world have done and still do in Antarctica. Sally M. Walker traces expeditions from the earliest explorers to today’s research stations, where contemporary scientists work in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.

    Whether they study the formation of polar ice or the stratigraphy of ancient rock or the fossils of newly discovered dinosaurs or the chemistry of air trapped in miniscule frozen bubbles, the scientists working in Antarctica are building a body of knowledge that will influence future generations as they make choices that could affect the course of the whole planet.


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    Bibliography, Full-Color Photographs, Further Reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Photo Captions
    About the Author
    Sally M. Walker has been a children’s book writer for over 20 years. Most of her books are nonfiction and present various science topics to young readers. Fossil Fish Found Alive is the story of the hunt for the elusive fish called the coelacanth. Sally also enjoys combining science investigation with historical topics. Her book Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which won the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, tells about the history, loss, and re-discovery of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland takes readers on archaeological expeditions, where the forensic analysis of colonial settlers’ bones helps us to understand their lives. Sally especially enjoys writing narrative nonfiction that captures the reader’s attention with a true story.
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    Awards for this Title
    Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
    Moonbeam Children's Book Award
    Science Books & Films Best Books
    SSLI Book Award
    VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
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    School Library Journal
    "All of Walker's impressive writing talents are on display in this book on the frozen continent. . . . With its superb design and Walker's gripping prose, this book will draw readers in and keep them involved." --School Library Journal
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    The Horn Book Guide
    "The narrative remains lively and engaging, complemented by an array of photographs, illustrations, and maps." --The Horn Book Guide
    Booklist
    In a wide-angle survey of our least-explored continent, the author of Written in Bone (2009) and other perceptive accounts of researchers in the field examines the methods and discoveries of scientists studying Antarctica's geophysics, prehistory, biota, and long- and short-range climatic variations. . . . Walker profiles major and ongoing research projects that enhance the recent biographies of Shackleton and his ilk and the plethora of books about penguins." --Booklist