Marooned in the Arctic

Marooned in the Arctic

The True Story of Ada Blackjack, the "female Robinson Crusoe"

Book - 2016
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"In 1921, four men ventured into the Arctic for a top-secret expedition: an attempt to claim uninhabited Wrangel Island in northern Siberia for Canada. With the men was a young Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack, who had signed on as cook and seamstress to earn money to care for her sick son. Conditions soon turned dire for the team when they were unable to kill enough game to survive. Three of the men tried to cross the frozen Chukchi Sea for help but were never seen again, leaving Ada with one remaining team member who soon died of scurvy. Determined to be reunited with her son, Ada learned to survive alone in the icy world by trapping foxes, catching seals, and avoiding polar bears. After she was finally rescued in August 1923, after two years total on the island, Ada became a celebrity, with newspapers calling her a real "female Robinson Crusoe.""--
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781613730980
Branch Call Number: YA 910.92 B565C 2016
Characteristics: x, 194 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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