Race to the Frozen North

The Matthew Henson Story

By Catherine Johnson (Author)


Format Paperback



Race to the Frozen North

The Matthew Henson Story

by Catherine Johnson
“We made it!” I cried. “We’re here. The North Pole! We’re on top of the world! The first men ever to stand here in all of history.” 
When eleven-year-old Matthew Henson ran away from his cruel stepmother to find a new life in the big city, no one could have predicted that he would become the first man to reach the North Pole. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, Matthew found a life of adventure on the high seas and in the Arctic. But back home in America his achievements were largely overlooked because he was Black.

Race to the Frozen North tells his remarkable true story.

Union Square & Co.’s EVERYONE CAN BE A READER books are expertly written, thoughtfully designed with dyslexia-friendly fonts and paper tones, and carefully formatted to meet readers where they are with engaging stories that encourage reading success across a wide range of age and interest levels.
“Henson’s description of their repeated expeditions over the next 19 years and eventual success at reaching the North Pole in 1909 is thrillingly recounted . . . . By focusing on his action-packed expeditions, readers with dyslexia or those who don’t love reading will be captivated by Henson’s story, complete with Hickey's striking illustrations at the bottom of the pages.”—Booklist

"Johnson chronicles Henson’s adventures with the breakneck speed of an action film."—Publishers Weekly

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Catherine Johnson is a screenwriter and bestselling author of several books for children and young adults. Race to the Frozen North is a perennial bestseller in the UK. Her acclaimed novel Sawbones won the Young Quills Award for historical fiction, and Catherine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She currently lives in Hastings, England.

Pub Date: 4/2/2024

ISBN: 9781454954859

Price: $8.99 / $11.99 CAN

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128 pages, all in 2-color

Trim: 5.12 x 7.75 x 0 Inches

Territories: US/Can/Philippines

Category: History & Biography

Age Range: 8 to 12

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Carton Quantity: 80

Series: Everyone Can Be a Reader (Nonfiction)