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The Age of Exploration: Epic Fails

By: Erik Slader

Ben Thompson

Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers of all time, but he was neither the first nor last adventurer to ever stumble upon a great discovery. From the Silk Road of Asia to the icy shores of Antarctica, our knowledge of the world today is in large part due to several intrepid pioneers, risking life and limb for the sake of exploration. After all, setting off into the dark unknown requires an enormous amount of bravery. But every explorer quickly learns that courage and curiosity aren’t enough to save you if you can’t read a map or trespass on somebody else’s land!

In this fourth installment of the "Epic Fails" series, authors Erik Slader and Ben Thompson introduces readers to an international cast of trailblazers and details every mutiny, wrong turn, and undiscovered city of gold behind the age of exploration.

Time line. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250150547

JLG Release: Sep 2019

Series: Epic Fails
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Christopher Columbus (1451–1506) , James Cook (1728–1779) , Age of Exploration , Age of Discovery , Overseas exploration , Travel , Adventure and adventurers , Trailblazers , Pioneers , Explorers

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Book Details



First Release

September 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

7 1/2" x 5"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 7.6; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 11.7; Points: 5;


Level 1180L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Roaring Brook

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Christopher Columbus (1451–1506), James Cook (1728–1779), Age of Exploration, Age of Discovery, Overseas exploration, Travel, Adventure and adventurers, Trailblazers, Pioneers, Explorers,

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