Annal: 1999 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

Results of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the year 1999.

Book:The Top of the World

The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest

Steve Jenkins

In this stunning picture book, Steve Jenkins takes us to Mount Everest—exploring its history, geography, climate, and culture. This unique book takes readers on the ultimate adventure of climbing the great mountain. Travel along and learn what to pack for such a trek and the hardships one may suffer on the way to the top. Avalanches, frostbite, frigid temperatures, wind, and limited oxygen are just a few of the dangers that make scaling this peak one of the most extreme physical challenges one can experience. To stand on the top of Mount Everest is to stand on top of the world. With informative text and exquisitely detailed cut paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins brings this extreme journey alive for young adventurers.

Book:Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance

Jennifer Armstrong

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed from England in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic continent from one side to the other. Five months later and still 100 miles from land, their ship, Endurance, became trapped. The expedition survived an Antarctic winter in the icebound ship, then, after Endurance sank, five months camped on the ice followed by a perilous boat journey through storms and icebergs to remote and unvisited Elephnat Island, 600 miles from Cape Horn. From there, their only hope was for someone to fetch help. In a dramatic climax to this amazing survival story, Shackleton and five others navigated 800 miles of the treacherous open ocean in a 20-foot boat and then hiked across the unmapped, glacier-strewn interior of South Georgia Island to a whaling station. In August 1916, 19 months after Endurance first became icebound, Shackleton led a rescue party back to Elephant Island for his men. …[more]

Book:William Shakespeare & the Globe

William Shakespeare & the Globe


William Shakespeare. Sooner or later, everyone learns that name. He was one of the greatest storytellers who ever lived.

Comedy, tragedy, history, fairy tales-Shakespeare wrote about them all in his brilliant plays that were performed at the Globe playhouse by the greatest actors of his time.

This is the story of Shakespeare’s world in Elizabethan England 400 years ago, and the famous Globe theater. It also tells the present-day story of Sam Wanamaker, the American actor whose lifelong dream to rebuild the Globe in London, where it first stood, became a reality. Aliki has created a meticulous five-act masterpiece you won’t want to miss!

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