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Author Caravantes, Peggy, 1935- author.
Title Marooned in the Arctic : the true story of Ada Blackjack, the "female Robinson Crusoe" / Peggy Caravantes.
Pub Info Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
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 Wellfleet-Children's Area  YA BIOGRAPHY Blackjack     AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Descript x, 194 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Women of action
Women of action (Chicago, Ill.)
Summary "In 1921, four men ventured into the Arctic for a top-secret expedition: an attempt to claim uninhabited Wrangel Island in northern Siberia for Great Britain. With the men was a young Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack, who had signed on as cook and seamstress to earn money to care for her sick son. Conditions soon turned dire for the team when they were unable to kill enough game to survive. Three of the men tried to cross the frozen Chukchi Sea for help but were never seen again, leaving Ada with one remaining team member who soon died of scurvy. Determined to be reunited with her son, Ada learned to survive alone in the icy world by trapping foxes, catching seals, and avoiding polar bears. After she was finally rescued in August 1923, after two years total on the island, Ada became a celebrity, with newspapers calling her a real "female Robinson Crusoe." The first young adult book about Blackjack's remarkable story, Marooned in the Arctic includes sidebars on relevant topics of interest to teens, such as the uses of cats on ships, the phenomenon known as Arctic hysteria, and aspects of Inuit culture and beliefs. With excerpts from diaries, letters, and telegrams; historic photos; a map; source notes; and a bibliography; this is an indispensable resource for any young adventure lover, classroom, or library"-- Provided by publisher.
"In 1921, four men ventured into the Arctic for a top-secret expedition: an attempt to claim uninhabited Wrangel Island in northern Siberia for Canada. With the men was a young Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack, who had signed on as cook and seamstress to earn money to care for her sick son. Conditions soon turned dire for the team when they were unable to kill enough game to survive. Three of the men tried to cross the frozen Chukchi Sea for help but were never seen again, leaving Ada with one remaining team member who soon died of scurvy. Determined to be reunited with her son, Ada learned to survive alone in the icy world by trapping foxes, catching seals, and avoiding polar bears. After she was finally rescued in August 1923, after two years total on the island, Ada became a celebrity, with newspapers calling her a real "female Robinson Crusoe.""-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-188) and index.
Contents In the beginning : meet Vilhjalmur Stfansson -- Settling on the island : meet Milton Galle -- Changing winds : meet Lorne Knight -- Fading hopes : meet Allan Crawford -- Treacherous treks : meet Frederick Maurer -- Oh for a bear! -- Downward spiral -- Rescue! -- Conflict and confusion -- Afterword.
Subject Blackjack, Ada, 1898-1983 -- Juvenile literature.
Blackjack, Ada, 1898-1983.
Inuit women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women explorers -- Arctic regions -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Inuit women -- Biography.
Women explorers.
Women -- Biography.
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile literature.
Wrangel Island (Russia) -- Discovery and exploration -- Juvenile literature.
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration.
Wrangel Island (Russia) -- Discovery and exploration.
Biography.
ISBN 9781613730980 (hardback)
1613730985 (hardback)
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