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Exploring the Frozen North

Pierre Berton's History for Young Canadians

by (author) Pierre Berton

foreword by Eric Wilson

Fifth House Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2006
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 15
  • Grade: 5 to 10


Exploring The Frozen North is the second omnibus in the Pierre Berton's History for Young Canadians series produced by Fifth House.

Originally printed as separate volumes in the Adventures in Canadian History series, the titles in this omnibus include: Parry of the Arctic, Jane Franklin's Obsession, Dr. Kane of the Arctic Seas, and Trapped in the Arctic.

In Exploring the Frozen North, Pierre Berton documents the amazing lives of the men and women who mapped the Arctic at great personal cost. Berton tells the stories of the explorers, but he does not ignore the stories of those people living in the Arctic-the Inuit. Berton often remarks that if only the English and Americans had learned more about living in the far north from the Inuit people, they may have had better luck in their explorations.

Retold in accurate detail, these are stories of the triumphs and the hardships of early expeditions to the Canadian Arctic.

In Exploring the Frozen North, incredible Arctic adventurers abide:

  • William Edward Parry was the first white man to attempt exploration of the Arctic islands. Ultimately imprisoned by the Arctic ice, he made it farther north than any other expedition would for another thirty years.
  • Jane Franklin, in her relentless search for her lost explorer husband, rallied seamen from England to the United States to comb the Arctic islands. Berton argues that because of her much of that part of the world was mapped.
  • Elisha Kent Kane was a sickly American doctor, who, on the pretext of searching for the lost Franklin expedition, instead sought the legendary Open Polar Sea, a purportedly ice-free passage to the North Pole.
  • Robert John McClure's ambitious and aggressive race for the North West Passage almost ended when he was trapped in the ice for two long years.

About the authors

Pierre Berton, well-known and well-loved Canadian author, journalist, and media personality, hailed from Whitehorse, Yukon. During his career, he wrote fifty books for adults and twenty-two for children, popularizing Canadian history and culture and reflecting on his life and times. With more than thirty literary awards and a dozen honorary degrees to his credit, Berton was also a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Pierre Berton's profile page

ERIC WILSON identified a need for stories to excite kids about reading as a young teacher in British Columbia. When the search proved difficult, he began writing books himself, publishing Murder on the Canadian in 1976. Four decades later, there are 22 books in the Eric Wilson Mystery Series, which has been translated into ten languages around the world. He has received many honours including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for inspiring a love of reading and our nation. He lives in Victoria with his wife, Flo. Visit him online at

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Editorial Reviews

"An important addition for all library collections, as the exciting stories will appeal to children and adults alike."
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