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Lost in the Antarctic by Tod Olson

Lost in the Antarctic

The Doomed Voyage of the Endurance

Ernest Shackleton left London in August 1914 on the ship Endurance for what he insisted was “the last great Polar journey that can be made”—a 1,600-mile trek across Antarctica on foot. A day’s sail from its destination, the Endurance was trapped in a vast sea of ice. Thus began a grueling 18-month ordeal—28 men trapped on the ice, 1,000 miles from the nearest outpost of civilization. Their battle with bitter winds, frigid seas, and an ever dwindling food supply has become one of the most enduring survival stories of all time.

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Lost in the Pacific, 1942

The dramatic true story of survival that captivated a nation at war

In October 1942, a bomber carrying World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker vanished somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. While Americans eagerly awaited news of their greatest living war hero, Rickenbacker and the crew drifted in three tiny rafts, beset by sharks, storms, and desperate thirst. Their ordeal became one of the most gripping wartime survival stories ever.

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"A fascinating true story that will thrill readers! Action-packed and impossible to put down."
— Lauren Tarshis, New York Times bestselling author of the I Survived series

"Olson tells the harrowing true story of how eight men in three tiny inflatable rafts, lost in 68 million square miles of shark-infested Pacific Ocean without food or water and near enemy-held territory, survived three weeks before being rescued…. A riveting, completely engrossing true survival story."
Kirkus starred review

"Olson is a masterful storyteller who lets the facts unleash the thrills and never taints authentic tension with florid cheesiness."
— Elizabeth Bush, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"This is the inspiring and nail-biting true account of eight men (the flight crew and two others), including WWI war hero Eddie Rickenbacker, who were lost at sea in WWII for three weeks after their plane crashed."
— Sharon Rawlins, Booklist

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Lost in Outer Space

The incredible journey of Apollo 13

Barbara Lovell, daughter of Apollo 13’s commander, was sixteen when the oxygen tanks aboard her father’s spacecraft exploded on the way to the moon. The crew’s battle to return to Earth is one of the greatest survival stories of all-time. LOST in Outer Space weaves together the dramatic story of the astronauts with the story of a teenager, thrust into celebrity and stuck at home hoping her father will make it back alive.

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  • Finalist, Pennsylvania’s Keystone to Reading Award, 2018-2019
  • Finalist, Cybils Award, middle-grade nonfiction, 2017
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Lost in the Amazon by Tod Olson

Lost in the Amazon

A Battle for Survival in the Heart of the Rainforest

In December 1971, 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke was flying home for Christmas when her plane broke apart in a storm over the Peruvian rainforest. She fell 3,500 feet, strapped to her seat, and survived. Peruvian army officials, Christian missionaries, and family members launched a massive search for the plane and its passengers. Ten days later, as the searchers were finally giving up hope, Juliane miraculously emerged from the forest, the sole survivor of the crash. Her story is at once startling, heartbreaking, and inspiring—a tale of one girl’s battle with, and abiding love for, the Amazon rainforest.

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