Paddle to the Arctic Book Summary and Study Guide

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Don Starkwell, a Canadian from Winnepeg, sets out to achieve what no other human has ever done; paddle to the Arctic by kayak.
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Fom his starting point in Hudson Bay, Starkwell attempts to first kayak, then sled overland to the Northwest Passage where. again by kayak, he hopes to complete his journey. On his way he ruminates over the many brave Arctic explorers who have gone before him and who have died in the attempt; Scott from England, Amundsun from Norway and the Canadian, Franklin.

How Starkwell succeeds where no one has ever navigated before,becomes a gripping tale of survival and determination.

The review of this Book prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   bug/animal attacks Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's


Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   peddle boat Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   food/shelter preoccupation Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   frozen Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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