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Can You Survive Antarctica?: An Interactive Survival Adventure
Can You Survive Antarctica?: An Interactive Survival Adventure
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Can You Survive Antarctica?: An Interactive Survival Adventure

You are surrounded by the vast, unforgiving landscape of the coldest place on Earth: Antarctica. Even during the summer months, bone chilling cold, raging blizzards, and treacherous ice threatens human survival. Will you join the race to be the first to reach the South Pole? Attempt to ski across the continent as part of an all female expedition? Study Antarctic plant and animal life as a scientist at a research station? Experience the life or death dilemmas of a place few people ever see. YOU CHOOSE what you'll do next. The choices you make will either lead you to safety or to doom.

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandYou Choose Books
Age Level8-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
SubjectAction & Adventure
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count112



Unshelved Book Shelf blog

"Both books blend facts and historical accuracy with the ability to make decisions about what happens to a character trying to stay alive. In Can You Survive the Titanic you can choose to be a first class passenger, a medical worker, or a third class passenger, and then attempt to survive the sinking (two-thirds of the passengers didn’t). In Can You Survive Antarctica you can try to survive temperatures up to one hundred degrees below zero fahrenheit as either a modern explorer or with Scott and Amundsen in the early 1900’s. Each has a basic section at the end that explains what happened to the real people that experienced these extremes. Why I picked it up: I was looking for quick reads for reluctant and low-ability readers, and these segmented, Choose Your Own Adventure-type books appealed to me because of their format. Why I finished it: I found myself madly flipping back and forth to see if I would be killed by a rogue leopard seal, or if I would drown in third class under a wave of oil-fouled water. I'd give it to: Wyatt, who would like the danger, because so many of the paths end in death. T.F., who has serious ADHD and would like the ability to stop and restart reading these without losing the narrative thread, because his attention waxes and wanes." - Unshelved Book Shelf blog

July 22, 2011

Tomes of the Soul blog - Tome Keeper

"I've taught teenagers about Antarctica and finding appropriate and interesting resources for the student's to develop their knowledge outside of the classroom is difficult. Can You Survive Antarctica? is set to change all this. It is an 'interactive book', which means that children and teenagers can choose their own path through the book by reading different pages, leading to different endings. It adds an element of fun and game play, which hopefully will encourage them to continue reading. There are three paths "early explorer", "modern day adventure" and "living and working in Antarctica". All paths combine aspects of history and geography, and often include elements of science and survival skills. The book begins with a general chapter discussing what Antarctica is like, with key geographical facts such as average temperatures which makes this book an excellent source of information for project work/homework. It then asks the students to choose which path they would like to follow. The story like style of the book, and the elements of danger, will distract children from the fact that it is a non-fiction book. Offering choices, such as the choice between the better equipped Scott expedition or the more experienced Amundsen expedition, helps promote students problem-solving and critical thinking skills. After finishing all three paths, readers will have a well-rounded knowledge of the history and geography of Antarctica, and what life is like living there. The layout of the book is clean and modern, shaking off the image of boring non-fiction books. This clean, modern feel is replicated in the pictures and maps chosen, which, in the main, are colourful and appealing. In terms of reading age, it is generally appropriate for KS2-KS3, in my opinion, which is ages 7-14, however some words, by necessity, are more difficult, and KS2 and low ability KS3 students may struggle with them, although there is a very good glossary provided in the back of the book. As an educator, the book provides a quiz and further information sources, which should consolidate and extend learning. However, the quiz is more focused on survival skills, and is not useful for assessment, and the 'Read More' section could have been longer to provide a greater selection of paper based resources. The FactHound code, used to produce a list of verified, trusted websites, is an excellent idea, as it will give parents/educators the peace of mind that their children/students are getting reliable, appropriate information from the internet. Overall this is an excellent book where learning takes place almost by accident. From a parents/educator's point of view, it is a well-researched, non-fiction book that will keep children and teenagers engaged and entertained while they are learning. For children/teenagers, I believe they will enjoy the choices given and the style of the writing, which makes it read more like a fiction book rather than a non-fiction book. A must have for any school or public library! 5 STARS" - Tomes of the Soul blog

June 19, 2011

Library Media Connection - Jaime Jeanne Meadows, Librarian, Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington

"These books are going to be popular with your young readers, especially the boys. The books describe a variety of choices to a disaster. If the reader makes the wrong choices, they are dead. A benefit is that the books teach survival skills, and each book describes a different type of environment. These books will be popular with children who are adventurous, plus they provide mental exercise for the reader. Each book provides three story paths and contains a survival guide related to the topic, Real Survivors, and Survival Quiz sections. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

May 1, 2012


Jenn's Bookshelves blog - John

"This is one of those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books I love! Obviously, it’s set in Antarctica. I chose the path of an explorer in 1911, on a team trying to reach the South Pole first! Unfortunately, the path I chose lead to eventual death, but I didn’t let that get me down! The book shared great tips for surviving extreme cold temperatures, how to deal with hypothermia, and more. It even mentioned several people who survived treks to Antarctica. I think maybe my favorite part was the survival quiz. Since I’m a Boy Scout I had the advantage! I learned about treating hypothermia months ago so I passed the quiz with flying colors! This is a great book for kids looking for a little adventure and don’t mind learning something along the way! For example, did you know that Antarctica is considered a desert even though it is covered in ice!?" - Jenn's Bookshelves blog

August 4, 2011

Rachael Hanel

Rachael Hanel

Rachael Hanel was born in Minnesota, where she still resides. She’s the author of We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter, and you’re likely to find her roaming around cemeteries.

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