Review Blog

May 17 2017

Into the white: Scott's Antarctic odyssey by Joanna Grochowicz

cover image

Allen and Unwin, 2017. ISBN 9781760293659
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Antarctica, Exploration, Heroism. This extraordinary story of Captain Scott and his ill fated race to be the first to make it to the South Pole, is given new resonance for younger students in this highly readable book, Into the white. Having heard of Scott and his fellow expeditioners at primary school when Social Studies was filled with stories of well known people, I knew about their heroism, their daring and some of the tales about their trek. I read this thinking I knew at least the background of the tale, but was pleasantly surprised: the story is compulsive and the detail simply mind boggling. I can hardly imagine minus ten celsius, let alone minus fifty, but these men trudged on. The description of Wilson's hands bulging with frostbite and then saying that they would keep going, paralleled the tale of another three stuck on an ice flow being circled by killer whales, the poor horses slipping into the water. Or having to kill the horses to feed the dogs, or getting into sleeping bags that were wetter than they were. All the stories in this book attest to their courage and bravery, keeping on even though they knew that Amundsen from Norway would get there first.
The comradeship of the crew is impressive, the leadership shown by Scott amazing, and above all their reasons for being there a salutary reminder of the values of those who have gone before us.
I would have loved a timeline but was able to access one quite easily on the internet, which I kept referring to as I read. Written for younger readers, it is still 256 pages long and supplemented with a cache of photographs in the middle, several maps at the beginning and appendixes at the end rounding off the story.
I hope more people will read of these brave adventurers.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Miles Franklin longlist 2017
Reading Children's Book Prize 2017
Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist 2017
Branford Boase Award shortlist 2017
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees
CBCA shortlists 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates