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From 1908 until 1954, Donald Baxter MacMillan spent nearly 50 years exploring the Arctic—longer than anyone else. Growing up near the ocean, and orphaned by 12, MacMillan forged an adventurous life. Mary Morton Cowan focuses on the vital role MacMillan played in Robert Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition, as well as his relationships with explorers Peary, Matthew Henson, and Richard Byrd. She follows his long and distinguished career, including daring adventures, contributions to environmental science and to the cultural understanding of eastern Arctic natives. Working closely with the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, Cowan showcases many MacMillan documents and archival photographs, many MacMillan's own in this winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award.
About the Author
Mary Morton Cowan is the author of Timberrr ... A History of Logging in New England, winner of Maine Library Association's Lupine Honor Award, and Ice Country, a historical novel based on Donald MacMillan's Arctic adventures. She lives near Sebago Lake in Maine.
"This engaging biography is also a solid overview of an era of exploration that still captivates adventurous youths. It will find an audience among readers who enjoyed Katherine Kirkpatrick's The Snow Baby (Holiday House) or adventure novels such as Roland Smith's Peak (Harcourt, both 2007)." --School Library Journal
"A good read for reluctant male readers." --Library Media Connection
"The severe hardships and wild beauties of the Arctic come through as strongly as [Cowan's] case for the significance of [MacMillan's] achievements. Extensive back matter concludes." --Booklist