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Race to the Frozen North The Matthew Henson Story

Written by Catherine Johnson

Illustrated by Katie Hickey

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction True Stories

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Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2018 |

Catherine Johnson celebrates a hero of Arctic discovery whose story had been forgotten for many years largely because of the colour of his skin in this exciting telling of an important true story. Matthew Henson’s life at home was so hard that at eleven years old he ran away to make a new life for himself in New York. Always attracted by the sea he finds himself drawn into the world of the seafarers who are determined to find a route to the North Pole. Matt joins an expedition and, through a combination of his hard work, his commitment and some lucky breaks he travels across the frozen wastes. His sensitive building of relationships with the Inuit community plays a strong part in his success and in his ultimate and extraordinary achievement: to be the first man to reach the North Pole.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Race to the Frozen North The Matthew Henson Story by Catherine Johnson

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

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Race to the Frozen North The Matthew Henson Story Synopsis

A thrilling fictionalised account of the life of Matthew Henson, the first African-American man to travel to the North Pole, from the Carnegie nominated author Catherine Johnson.

Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert E. Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance at true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator, and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. Defying the odds and the many prejudices that faced him to become a true pioneer. This is his incredible and often untold story.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

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ISBN: 9781781128404
Publication date: 15/09/2018
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128404
Publication date: 15th September 2018
Author: Catherine Johnson
Illustrator: Katie Hickey
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction, True Stories
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: Diverse Voices - 80 Children's Books that Celebrate Difference,

About Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a screen-writer and best-selling author of several books for children and young adults. Her acclaimed novel Sawbones won the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction, and her most recent book The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the YA Book Prize. Catherine has been a Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the London institute and has mentored writers in Africa for the British Council.

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