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Booklist: Blood Falls

Except Antarctica, by Todd Sturgell (4-8). Upon learning that turtles are found on every continent except Antarctica, a very determined specimen recruits other (non-polar) animals, much to the narrator’s chagrin. Fiction.

Emperor of the Ice: How a Changing Climate Affects a Penguin Colony, by Nicola Davies and Catherine Rayner (6-9). Melting ice caused by global warming threatens colonies of penguins in Antarctica; this zoologist author traces one winter’s journey through Halley Bay. Nonfiction.

The Indestructible Tom Crean: Heroic Explorer of the Antarctic, by Jennifer Thermes (6-9). A fascinating biography of British explorer Tom Crean, whose larger-than-life adventures include the heroic rescue of shipmates when Shakleton’s The Endurance became trapped in pack ice. Nonfiction.

To The Ice, by Thomas Tidholm and Anna-Clara Tidholm, Tr. by Julia Marshall (6-9). One day’s imaginative adventure sees three children spend a hundred years in a polar region in this delightfully transportive illustrated chapter book, translated from Swedish. Fiction.

Shackleton’s Journey, by William Grill (7+). An icy palette and intricate drawings detail the famous explorer’s southernmost expeditions in this award-winning picture book. Nonfiction.

Around Antarctica: Exploring the Frozen South, by Tania Medvedeva and Maria Vyshinskya (8+). An inventive semi-circular design with flaps that open to reveal additional facts showcases the science of the icy region. Nonfiction.

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, by Caroline Alexander (13+). An update of Alfred Lansing’s gripping 1959 classic Endurance, this 1998 book won an award for its crossover appeal to teens. Nonfiction.