Into The White: Scott’s Antarctic Odyssey


Into the White‘ is an excellent re-telling of the story of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to the Antarctic. Along with a memorable crew and a band of shaggy ponies and savage dogs, Scott headed into unknown, uncharted territory.  Sea storms, impenetrable pack ice, killer whales, horrendous weather and equal measures of hunger, agony and snow blindness are just some of the challenges they faced.  The team push on against all odds, but concerns about weather conditions and rations are constant.  What of the rumours of an attempt at the Pole by the Amundsen’s formidable Norwegian team?

‘Into the White‘ will leave you on the edge of your seat, hoping against hope that Scott and his men might survive their Antarctic ordeal and live to tell the tale. This is a marvellous adventure story, brilliantly told.

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Into The White: Scott’s Antarctic Odyssey

Joanna Grochowicz

(Allen & Unwin)

‘Into the White: Scott’s Antarctic Odyssey‘ is a fascinating re-telling of the ill-fated Scott expedition to reach the South Pole. We think we know the details, however, Joanna Grochowicz takes us into the camp so that we are part of the experience. Furthermore, she is able to suggest the personalities and friendships between Scott and his companions. We feel the unforgiving weather at the forgotten ends of the earth. It seems like we are one of those who participated in ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ of legend. This title is companion to Amundsen’s Way: The Race to the South Pole. Reading the two books offers readers a chance to compare two different lead characters, alongside a host of different decisions and approaches. Thereafter we wonder…. which team would we join?
‘Into the White: Scott’s Antarctic Odyssey‘ is an excellent, eminently readable book for any confident reader.

Award winner New Zealand Children’s Book Awards


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