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Locked in Ice

Nansen's Daring Quest for the North Pole

Peter Lourie


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A spellbinding biography of Fridtjof Nansen, the pioneer of polar exploration, with a spotlight on his harrowing three-year journey to the top of the world.

An explorer who many adventurers argue ranks alongside polar celebrity Ernest Shackleton, Fridtjof Nansen contributed tremendous amounts of new information to our knowledge about the Polar Arctic. At a time when the North Pole was still undiscovered territory, he attempted the journey in a way that most experts thought was mad: Nansen purposefully locked his ship in ice for two years in order to float northward along the currents. Richly illustrated with historic photographs, this riveting account of Nansen's Arctic expedition celebrates the legacy of an extraordinary adventurer who pushed the boundaries of human exploration to further science into the twentieth century.

Christy Ottaviano Books

Praise For Locked in Ice: Nansen's Daring Quest for the North Pole

"Lourie has done a superb job of recreating an epic, little-known story of white-knuckled adventure and survival. Well written, the story sets a brisk pace and is enlivened by a generous selection of photographs and Nansen’s own well-executed sketches."—Booklist

"A vivid account of Norwegian scientist, explorer, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen's 1893-1896 try for the North Pole . . .Colorful, exhausting, compelling reading. The highly informative appendix includes a wealth of information."—Kirkus Reviews

The book is spellbinding and well researched . . .The narrative is fast paced with rich detail. This is a solid choice for readers who enjoy history, adventure, and biography."—VOYA

[This] harrowing journey through the brutal Arctic landscape—documented here through black-and-white photographs, line drawings, and journal entries—became legendary. Lourie provides an intriguing portrait of the man and his journey."—The Horn Book

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781250137647, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

About the Author

Peter Lourie has written many award-winning nonfiction books for young readers. A true adventurer, he has traveled all over the world to research his subjects—from the cloud forest of Ecuador in search of Inca treasure, to Lake Turkana in northwestern Kenya on the Ethiopian border, to Tierra del Fuego, and the jungles of Rondonia, Brazil.

He is the author of several books about the Arctic: The Polar Bear Scientists, Whaling Season, and Arctic Thaw. He lives in Vermont with his family.