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A Suffragist’s Guide to the Antarctic

February 13

Illustrated cover for A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic. A teenage girl is shown from the elbows up. She has pale skin and brown hair that is mostly hidden by a green cold-weather hat. She is wearing a striped green, purple, and white scarf and a pink jacket. It appears to be snowing around her, and superimposed beneath her is a view of Antarctic mountains and snow, with an early 20th century ship that appears to have run aground.A Suffragist’s Guide to the Antarctic by Yi Shun Lai
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

November 1914.

Clara Ketterling-Dunbar is one of twenty-eight crew members of The Resolute —a ship meant for an Antarctic expedition now marooned on ice one hundred miles from the shore of the continent. An eighteen-year-old American, Clara has told the crew she’s a twenty-one-year-old Canadian. Since the war broke out, sentiment toward Americans has not been the most favorable, and Clara will be underestimated enough simply for being a woman without also giving away just how young she is. Two members of the crew know her nationality, but no one knows the truth of her activities in England before The Resolute set sail.

She and her suffragist sisters in the Women’s Social & Political Union were waging war of a different kind in London. They taught Clara to fight. And now, even marooned on the ice, she won’t stop fighting for women’s rights…or for survival. In the wilderness of Antarctica, Clara is determined to demonstrate what a woman is truly capable of—if the crew will let her.


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