Polar Explorer

240p. photos. Feiwel & Friends. Apr. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250317681.
Gr 3–6—At the age of 14, Hameister became the youngest person ever to ski to the North Pole unaided and unassisted. With her dad and her team at her side, she battled some of the toughest weather conditions and terrain on Earth, while pulling her supplies in a sled behind her. Jade's goal is to be the youngest person to complete a "Polar Hat Trick" and this autobiographical book chronicles her journey. Divided into three parts, each section covers one leg of her trip. Jade is candid about her thoughts and feelings, including how she redirected her doubts. She explores her interpersonal relationships, especially some of the struggles she faced while sharing a tent with her dad. Jade also includes observations of the impact global warming has made on the environment she is exploring. Each section begins with an overview of the expedition and includes facts about the area. Practical tips to help the environment are mentioned. Full-color photos provide visual testimony of the environmental conditions, as well as the extensive clothing needed for protection. This is a well-written, attention-grabbing book; the author is engaging and easily relatable. Jade sets a great example of how young girls can overcome obstacles to achieve even the most difficult goals. Despite the demands of her journey, she never loses sight of the things most important things to her: family and friends.
VERDICT This book is a solid addition for every collection that services tween and teen students.

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