Author(s): Joanna Grochowicz
But how will history view Roald Amundsen? he wonders to himself. Will I be remembered for my dedication, my discipline, my daring deeds? Or only for my deception?
Roald Amundsen - hero or villain?
Amundsen's South Polar conquest is an extraordinary tale that combines risk, intrigue and personal conflict. A man of striking intelligence and a single-minded thirst for world records, Amundsen's astute planning and shrewd strategy propelled him into first place. Such a man, with everything to lose, will stop at nothing to secure his goal. His story is a testament to utter brilliance and ruthlessness.
From the author of the highly acclaimed Into the White, and full of life-threatening challenges, deception, disappointments and triumph, Amundsen's Way is an adventure story in the purest sense.
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen’s astute planning enabled him to beat his rival Robert Falcon Scott by only five weeks to reach the South Pole on December 14th, 2011.
Grochowicz’s utterly enthralling narrative about Amundsen reads like a novel as she fuses the real and the imagined stories of early Antarctic exploration, cleverly mirroring the struggles of the crew through the struggles of the dogs they took with them - although many readers may find the fate of the dogs difficult to read about. Whether he was a hero or villain, Amundsen's South Polar conquest was an extraordinary tale that combined risk, intrigue and personal conflict. Intelligent and with a single-minded thirst for world records, his shrewd strategies propelled him into first place.
A companion to Into the White, the saga of Scott’s odyssey, which was a finalist in the 2018 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, Amundsen’s Way is an epic adventure story that reveals the challenges, aspirations and discipline employed in his race to get to the South Pole first.
Highly recommended for ages 10 to 14 years. An excellent free five-page classroom guide is available also.
What would you do to be the first? The gripping tale of the great Norwegian explorer's courage, determination and ruthlessness in the race to the South Pole.
Joanna Grochowicz's narrative non-fiction is meticulously researched and compellingly told. By fusing the real and the imagined in her stories of early Antarctic exploration, she reveals the human aspirations and tragedies that have shaped our understanding of what remains an utterly inhuman place.
As an Antarctic writer and communicator, Joanna believes strongly that engaging with Antarctic history encourages a deeper connection with a globally significant continent that few will ever visit. While focusing on polar exploration, her ever-popular school sessions guide students in examining the continued importance of resilience, perseverance and curiosity in all human endeavours.