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Explorers Who Made It... Or Died Trying

Explorers Who Made It... Or Died Trying

by Frieda Wishinsky

ISBN 9781443100106 Paperback
160 Pages | 5.24" x 7.63" | Ages 9 to 12
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Discover why each of these 12 intrepid explorers risked everything to conquer the great unknown.

Explorers have transformed the world with their curiosity. But with great knowledge comes great responsibility, and thriving on adventure has often lead to great danger.

The explorers profiled here will give younger readers a fascinating survey of the history of this most dramatic of pastimes. The themes that are explored are: what motivated these explorers? What were they looking for, and what did they actually find? How did their journeys change their lives and the lives of the people they met?

The explorers included are:

  • Samuel de Champlain
  • Marco Polo
  • Henry Hudson
  • Christopher Columbus
  • James Cook
  • Hernán Cortés
  • Lewis and Clark
  • John Franklin
  • Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson
  • Roald Amundsen

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  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Non-Fiction, 2013
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2013
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2012
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012

Rights Sold

  • Korean - Young Kyo

Selling Points

  • Style: light humorous text makes learning about history fun
  • Content: lives of adventure and achievement are inspiring and exciting
  • Theme: adapting to change — changing knowledge, boundaries and attitudes
  • Illustrations: amusing and informative black-and-white art


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Frieda Wishinsky

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  • Survival: Avalanche!

Contact Information

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604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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