|Magellan : over the edge of the world|
Author: Bergreen, Laurence
Recounts the greatest of all maritime adventures--Ferdinand Magellan's dangerous, pioneering circumnavigation of the globe.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 9.00
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 189250
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 11.80
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 71150
Kirkus Reviews (05/01/17)
School Library Journal (04/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 Gr 7–10—The opening lines of the prologue set the grim tone for this harrowing story of ambition and adventure in the age of explorers. Bergreen begins by tracing the complex bureaucratic and diplomatic machinations, with first the Portuguese and then the Spanish king, necessary for Ferdinand Magellan to obtain backing for an armada of five ships and more than 250 sailors. Through his balance of brute force and sophisticated personal diplomacy, Magellan drove his crew through multiple insubordinations and attempts at mutiny, the ravages of scurvy, a shipwreck on the Argentine coast, and troubled and sometimes violent interactions with indigenous peoples to discover the passage through the straits that bear his name, a sea route to support the lucrative spice trade, and the Pacific trade winds. The narrative is broken up with useful digressions on related topics. One chapter details the incredible difficulty of life at sea; another focuses on the early history of Chinese and Arab trade with the islands now known as the Philippines. Visual materials include reproductions of contemporaneous maps, paintings, and drawings; relevant photographs, such as one depicting a modern replica of Magellan's ship Victoria; and illustrations from a journal kept by Magellan's assistant. The volume concludes with copious chapter-by-chapter source notes and an extensive bibliography. Though it occasionally strays into florid language ("The voyage would sustain them all, or it would destroy them all") and Magellan's often problematic actions could be better contextualized, this is a richly researched and highly readable explication of a perennially favorite subject. VERDICT For large world history and biography collections.—Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/15/2017 Perhaps not as famous as Columbus or Lewis and Clark, Ferdinand Magellan remains a notable explorer for being the first to circumnavigate the world (well, almost). In this young reader’s edition of his best-selling Over the Edge of the World (2003), Bergreen relies on numerous primary sources to shed light on Magellan’s historic voyage. The author first sets the scene, describing the dangers of exploration in the 1500s and the political rifts between Portugal and Spain, which literally divided the world in half. He makes it clear that Magellan, a Portuguese captain sailing for Spain, was doomed from the start as his small armada set out to find the Spice Islands. The detailed narrative, accompanied by maps and artwork, depicts Magellan’s ruthless behavior against natives and often mutinous sailors, which led to his controversial murder. Bergreen also pays homage to the overlooked crew, who were actually the first to sail the globe. Although condensed from the original, this version remains sophisticated and will appeal most to skilled teen readers and even adults. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.