Trapped in Ice

Trapped in Ice

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Thirteen-year-old Helen is not entirely sure she is looking forward to spending the next six months on board the Karluk, a ship headed on an Arctic expedition. But with the recent death of her father, it is the only work her seamstress mother can find. Helen's nine year-old brother, Michael, is delighted to be off on a real adventure but neither he nor Helen could have realized just how extraordinary this trip would be. The ship's hard-bitten captain, Robert Bartlett, must use all his seafaring skill when the Arctic Ocean begins an early freeze-over and the ship becomes trapped in ice. But will Bartlett's knowledge of the unpredictable and treacherous Arctic be enough to save his passengers?

In the pages of her diary, Helen records the fate of the crew and her family as they leave the ship and try to make their way across shifting ice flows, through blinding blizzards and past polar bears to safety on solid land. As the trek proceeds, Helen learns a few things about her family, about friendship and about a remarkable strength she never knew she had.

Based on true events surrounding the ill-fated Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913, Trapped in Ice is a riveting, fast-paced adventure set in a marvelous but brutal world of ice and snow.

Publisher: Toronto :, Puffin Canada,, 2011
ISBN: 9780143181552
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Feb 12, 2017

Trapped in Ice by Eric Walters is a childhood favourite of mine. I immediately fell in love with the main character, Helen and the author’s writing. It’s really a fantastic adventure; a mix of fact and imagination. With the recent death of her father, Helen’s mother is hard pressed to find work, and is forced to take up a job on Karluk, a ship headed on an Arctic expedition. When the ship is unexpectedly trapped in ice, the crew and Helen’s family need to decide on a course of action – stay or leave.

I definitely recommend this for the usual middle grade reader, but also feel whatever your age, this makes for a fast, enjoyable read. Walters bases his story on true events [Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913] and people, and found he does a great job of imagining personalities. It’s all the more intriguing having a story told in the POV of Helen, someone with little to no experience in this type of situation and I loved that she wasn’t afraid of asking critical questions. Walters novels are either a hit or miss for me, so I’m glad it was the former.

Jan 17, 2013

it is ugly dont read it

May 03, 2009

very very good

Apr 11, 2009

it is a good book!

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Jun 12, 2013

Trapped in ice is a story situated in the beginning of the 1900’s. A young teenager named Helen finds herself in an adventure one would only dreamed about. The story is about an arctic expedition conducted in the 1900’s. Aboard the ship are brave leaders, each with a special qualification to make them worthy to cross seas. The captain of the ship, Captain Bartlett, has very high standards to which he holds his crew. Helen and her family... were not up to par with his criteria. The struggle of being accepted however, was barely a conflict in the book. When the waters of Antarctica freeze over as quickly as rain falls, it creates a few bumps in their once smooth ride. When the worst seems to have befallen, more problems arise.


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