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Trapped In Ice [Mass Market Paperback]

Eric Walters
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Feb. 1 1999
Thirteen-year-old Helen is not entirely sure she is looking forward to spending the next six months on board the Karluk, a ship headed on an Arctic expedition. But with the recent death of her father, it is the only work her seamstress mother can find. Helen's nine year-old brother, Michael, is delighted to be off on a real adventure but neither he nor Helen could have realized just how extraordinary this trip would be. The ship's hard-bitten captain, Robert Bartlett, must use all his seafaring skill when the Arctic Ocean begins an early freeze-over and the ship becomes trapped in ice. But will Bartlett's knowledge of the unpredictable and treacherous Arctic be enough to save his passengers?

In the pages of her diary, Helen records the fate of the crew and her family as they leave the ship and try to make their way across shifting ice flows, through blinding blizzards and past polar bears to safety on solid land. As the trek proceeds, Helen learns a few things about her family, about friendship and about a remarkable strength she never knew she had.

Based on true events surrounding the ill-fated Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913, Trapped in Ice is a riveting, fast-paced adventure set in a marvelous but brutal world of ice and snow.


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Eric Walters is the author of thirty-eight bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance. Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife and three children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A sad but true story April 11 2003
By amanda
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Trapped in ice' Is a true story, based apon real-life characters. It is a childrens novel, suitable, I think, for 8-13 year olds. The language used is quite basic and so therefore easy to understand. It is the story of how a mother and her two children go with a Canadian expidition to the Arctic. The mother, working on the ship as a seamistress, brings her kids along as they have no father. The story is narrated by the girl. The boat they ride on eventually gets trapped in ice and the whole of the expidition is forced to 'abandon ship' and try to reach land by travelling over ice (trusting the sled-dogs with their lives). The story comes to a dramatic ending --- you'll have to read the book for yourself to find out the end. I've read this book about 4 times now and everytime, I cried at the end. A powerful novel that shows the force of mother nature.
A book any Canadian should read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped In Ice May 1 2004
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Trapped in Ice, was a very interesting book to read. I had read this book when I was in Grade 8 as an English assignment.
Eric Walters, is a talented authoring , as he has proved in many of his other books.
I recommend this book to ages 9- 15. I promise if this book is read with interest, you will highly enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Excitement" April 3 2005
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Trapped In Ice had alot of excitement in it. If you are more into adventures book's you would like this one by Eric Walters. I liked the book and you probely will to if you read it. If I were to give an appropiate age gruop for this book it would be from ages 11-13.
4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped In Ice May 1 2004
By "faded_glory" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Trapped in Ice, was a very interesting book to read. I had read this book when I was in Grade 8 as an English assignment.
Eric Walters, is a talented authoring , as he has proved in many of his other books.
I recommend this book to ages 9- 15. I promise if this book is read with interest, you will highly enjoy it.
4.0 out of 5 stars A sad but true story April 11 2003
By amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Trapped in ice' Is a true story, based apon real-life characters. It is a childrens novel, suitable, I think, for 8-13 year olds. The language used is quite basic and so therefore easy to understand. It is the story of how a mother and her two children go with a Canadian expidition to the Arctic. The mother, working on the ship as a seamistress, brings her kids along as they have no father. The story is narrated by the girl. The boat they ride on eventually gets trapped in ice and the whole of the expidition is forced to 'abandon ship' and try to reach land by travelling over ice (trusting the sled-dogs with their lives). The story comes to a dramatic ending --- you'll have to read the book for yourself to find out the end. I've read this book about 4 times now and everytime, I cried at the end. A powerful novel that shows the force of mother nature.
A book any Canadian should read.
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