New York, NY, August 09, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Surviving Erebus—An Antarctic Adventure
A leading educator publishes first novel to capture adventure and daring of heroic age of Antarctic exploration.
“A rippin’ good yarn. One that makes you turn the page over and over again. . .” James Ross, great-great-grandson of Captain James Clark Ross, leader of the 1841 Discovery Expedition to Antarctica
“A wonderful book. The research is awesome and the story line and dialog make you feel like you are right there with the captain and crew of Erebus. The story captures the spirit of life at sea and in the ice and the dialog is perfect. . . A most enjoyable read. Suitable for adventure/historical readers including young adults"
Ross Hatch, Captain, USN-Ret; Fellow, The Explorers Club
"Whether youth or adult, one is quickly drawn into the engaging personal account of a young Englishman who thirsts for adventure in distant lands. . . His quest for knowledge gives us a blueprint for our own inquiries about life beyond the present." Kerry Faber, Educator
Surviving Erebus grew out of John Barell’s intense curiosity about Antarctic exploration, meeting Admiral Richard E. Byrd, and sailing south on his flagship to the lands first discovered by Captain Sir James Clark Ross, in command of HMS Erebus.
Captain Ross’s 1841 expedition led to the first major sightings of geographical features that now bear his name: the Ross Sea, Ross Ice Shelf, Mt. Erebus and Ross Island. His feats of daring amazed Roald Amundsen, the first man to set foot at the South Pole, who called Ross “one of the most intrepid polar explorers and one of the most capable seamen the world has produced.”
Young David Smythe, the hero of Surviving Erebus, is led by his own curiosity to explore the continent and struggle for survival during ships’ collisions, near freezing to death, attempted murder and preparations to abandon ship. While becoming a regular crew member he learns Captain Ross’s first rule: “Always stay roped together.”
John Barell’s exploration of Antarctica subsequently led him to become an educator who now works nationally with students and teachers who are interested in creating communities of inquiry at all levels.
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