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The Impossible First: An Explorer's Race Across Antarctica (Young Readers Edition)

By: Colin O'Brady

In this Young Readers Edition of Impossible First—perfect for fans of My Shot by Elena Delle Donne and Shaken by Tim Tebow—Colin O’Brady vividly recounts his fifty-four-day, unsupported, record-shattering solo crossing of Antarctica using every ounce of his strength, years of training, and sheer force of will.

Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the unforgiving ice of Antarctica alone, unaided and unsupported. Only one day into what would be a 932-mile journey, O’Brady judged what he was trying to do was impossible.

Alone with his thoughts, O’Brady traveled back in his memory to the events that led him to this pivotal moment. For a while, it had seemed that nothing would stop him: He’d climbed every high mountain peak, bagged every endurance challenge (the Seven Summits, including Everest…record sprints to both Poles…the highest peaks in all fifty US states)—all after recovering from a freak burning accident that doctors said would end his athletic career. But the prize that had eluded him was success on this moment forbidding continent of all.

ISBN: 9781534461987

JLG Release: Nov 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language
Topics: Colin O’Brady (1985– ) , Antarctica , Adventure , Survival , Endurance , US athletes , Explorers , Sports and recreation , World records

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Author-illustrator Sirotich’s picture book is told in rhyming couplets and features five pairs of animals that enjoy spending time together. A short poem introduces an animal friendship and is followed by a brief explanation of how they became playmates. There are well-known pairs: Owen, a hippo calf, and his tortoise companion Mzee, as well as K Author-illustrator Sirotich’s picture book is told in rhyming couplets and features five pairs of animals that enjoy spending time together. A short poem introduces an animal friendship and is followed by a brief explanation of how they became playmates. There are well-known pairs: Owen, a hippo calf, and his tortoise companion Mzee, as well as Koko the gorilla and her kittens. This title can serve as a guessing game for very young children; they can gather clues from the illustrations and the short prose descriptions to formulate their conclusion. For example, “My shell is my house. I’m a hundred or more! I like the calm, quiet hush of the forest floor” is the description of Mzee the tortoise. The illustrations, rendered in ink and digital color, depict appealing cartoon images of the smiling animals. The final narrative page features a tan-skinned girl with curly pigtails. A brief glossary defines words that could be new to young readers, such as forage, runt, and sanctuary. A source list and a “Read More About It!” section provide the opportunity for further research on the topic. VERDICT This informational title and its pleasant format will engage youngsters.–Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek P.L., WI

Book Details

ISBN

9781534461987

First Release

November 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1130L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon & Schuster BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language

Topics

Colin O’Brady (1985– ), Antarctica, Adventure, Survival, Endurance, US athletes, Explorers, Sports and recreation, World records,

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