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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dolores Johnson Narrator: Caroline Clay Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Matthew Henson’s destiny was set when he met naval officer Robert Edwin Peary in 1887. An African American son of poor farmers, Henson shared Peary’s desire to be the first person to reach the North Pole. In 1909, the men set out on one of their many voyages together. They battled sub-zero temperatures, deadly ice formations, and bone-chilling winds. Many times it was Henson who saved the expedition with his knowledge of Inuit language and culture. But when the men finally achieved their goal, few people believed them. Worse still, because Henson was black, he was seen as nothing more than Peary’s manservant. This exceptional biography from noted author and educator Dolores Johnson tells the full story of Henson’s extraordinary life, from his humble and self-taught beginnings, to his proper recognition as Peary’s equal.

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  • “The inspiring story of the African American polar explorer… [and] the excursions of Robert E. Peary…The story demonstrates that fortitude, strength, and loyalty are not determined by the color of ones skin, but by the determination of ones spirit.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sara Taylor-hughes | 10/20/2013

    " Good for older kids. Exploration of north pole "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debrarian | 6/13/2013

    " A good read. Makes the point that Henson has been missed by history. "

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About the Author

Dolores Johnson is a former newspaper journalist and freelance writer who interviewed many dry cleaners as a field reporter for American Dry Cleaner magazine. She is the author of the Mandy Dyer mysteries and lives in Aurora, Colorado.