The Call of Antarctica

Exploring and Protecting Earth's Coldest Continent

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest, driest, and most remote part of the world. It’s the world’s largest polar dessert. Antarctica is a true wilderness.

Author Leilani Raashida Henry, daughter of George W. Gibbs, Jr., the first person of African descent to go to Antarctica, recounts her father’s expedition while educating readers on the incredible geography, biodiversity, and history of the continent. Using diary entries from Gibbs’ expedition, The Call of Antarctica takes readers on a journey to the rugged Antarctic landscape to learn its history, its present, and the importance of protecting its future.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2021-10-05
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN050080, YAN050090, YAN025080
Dewey 919.89
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1100
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Introductory note, Maps, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Leilani Raashida Henry

Leilani Raashida Henry is a facilitator/trainer, business coach, and education designer based near Denver, Colorado. She produces and hosts a radio show for the Connection program at KGNU, an independent community radio.


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Older middle grade and young adult readers will find this to be a highly informative nonfiction text that will help both with research projects and with building a stronger understanding of the continent of Antarctica and its important role throughout human history.” —Children’s Literature


“The lure and danger of Antarctica is vividly captured . . . Readers will discover a unique continent in need of preservation in this appealing, well-researched book.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Antarctica is undeniably cool, and this volume makes sure we know it.”—Kirkus Reviews