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Author: Kathleen Krull Narrator: Amanda Dolan Publisher: AudioBookShelf Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Lives of … Series Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781483009636
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You might know that Columbus discovered America, Lewis and Clark headed west with Sacajawea, and Sally Ride blasted into space. But what do you really know about these bold explorers? What were they like as kids? What pets or bad habits did they have? And what drove their passion to explore unknown parts of the world? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, Lives of the Explorers reveals these fascinating adventurers as both world-changers and real people.

The entertaining style and solid research of the Lives of … series of biographies have made it a favorite with families and educators for twenty years. This new volume takes readers through the centuries and across the globe, profiling the men and women whose curiosity and courage have led them to discover our world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exceedingly diverse cast of historical figures…Krull does not sugarcoat the history; the negative impacts of discovery upon native peoples are discussed, such as the violence resulting from Columbus’ expeditions. A strong addition to middle-grade nonfiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “With the same wit and subtlety readers have come to expect from the Lives of… series, Krull manages to provide accurate, entertaining, and relatable capsule biographies of twenty giants of exploration…Another entertaining and resonant group biography.”


  • “Tells of daring, curious, hardy men (mostly) and women from different countries and eras who took bold risks in uncharted territories out of senses of adventure, curiosity, and mission…Readers will enjoy delving into the exploits of intrepid explorers across time and, literally, space.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Kathleen Krull (1952–2021) was a multiaward–winning children’s book author. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and worked for four companies as a children’s book editor. While on the job, she wrote mysteries in the Trixie Belden series and other books. She then began working at home, writing her own books and getting the chance to explore subjects she was passionate about, including history, music, and extraordinary people. Awards for her body of work include the 2011 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, Leo Politi Golden Author Award, Lucia Russell Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award, California Reading Association’s Armin R. Schulz Literacy Award for promoting social justice thru books 2016, and the International Literary Association and Greater San Diego Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, among others.

About the Narrator

Amanda Dolan is a professional actor in the MFA program at Brown University. Her credits include Richard III, Macbeth, Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show, Hair, and The Who’s Tommy.