Ice Breaker!

The day war broke out on 8 August 1914, Endurance slipped its mooring and sailed for South America. The crew were about to make history – traversing the Antarctic continent for the very first time. But instead, their ship became stuck in the ice and later sunk. The expedition had become a fight for survival.

Ice Breaker! is the true nailbiting story of how the exceptional sailing and navigation skills of New Zealander Captain Frank Worsley and the legendary leadership skills of Sir Ernest Shakleton guided the crew along icebergs, across wild and dangerous seas to two sub-Antarctic islands.

This captivating survival story of Ice Breaker! combines Maria Gill’s action-packed writing with Alistair Hughes’ stunning watercolour illustrations in this epic polar adventure.

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For ages 7 to 10 years


The Sapling ~ “The story has been told before but in this version, Maria Gill puts the focus more on the New Zealander Frank Worsley (the ‘boy from Akaroa’) than on the better known Shackleton. Worsley was the captain of the ship Endurance, and after it was crushed he guided the rescue party. He became known as ‘Captain Courageous’, and his was an inspiring feat of navigation and grit which deserves this centre stage treatment.
“Maria Gill is one of the leaders in the current blossoming of creative non-fiction for children in New Zealand – she was the winner of the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for 2020 – and her skills are on show here. She quickly gets the reader into Worsley’s viewpoint, beginning with his dream of icebergs in London streets and then cutting efficiently to the adventure on page two.” Read the full review.

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Maria GillFind out more about award-winning New Zealand author Maria Gill on her author page.

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Dimensions25 × 25 cm

Hardcover edition



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Published by

New Holland Publishers


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