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The Impossible Rescue

By Martin W. Sandler

The dead of an Arctic winter. Whaling ships full of men, stranded in ice. Follow three rescuers in a race against time — and all odds — in this heartpounding true adventure.

In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them. The mission? A perilous trek over 1,500 miles of nearly impassable Alaskan terrain, in the bone-chilling months of winter, to secure two herds of reindeer (for food) and find a way to guide them to the whalers before they starve. With the help of photographs and journal entries by one of the rescuers, Martin W. Sandler takes us on every step of their riveting journey, facing raging blizzards, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and setbacks to test the strongest of wills. Back matter includes an epilogue, further information, a time line, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

  • Outstanding nonfiction writing that makes history come alive. - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • A terrific true tale, well told. - Booklist (starred review)
  • Veteran writer Sandler takes readers through the entire adventure, well captured in first-person accounts and incredible photographs. Maps trace the progress of the rescue mission, illustrating the unimaginable distance along the treacherous coast of present-day Alaska. In Sandler s words, history becomes adventure, with real-life heroes, dangers, and mishaps. . . .Fans of Caroline Alexander s THE ENDURANCE or Jon Krakauer s INTO THIN AIR will find this tale an equally harrowing adventure set in an unforgiving frozen environment. - VOYA

About the author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults and has written and produced seven television series. He has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has won multiple Emmy Awards. He lives in Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9780763650803
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Dimensions: 230 x 250mm, 176pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $32.99
New Zealand RRP: $34.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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