Discovering the Arctic
The Story of John RaeBook - 2003
Short-listed for the 2004 Canadian Children's Book Centre Norma Fleck Award and commended for the 2004 Best Books for Kids and Teens
Discovering the Arctic is an exciting recounting of the life of a 19th century doctor and explorer who worked for the Hudson's Bay Company and opened up vast tracts of land in the Canadian Arctic and may have been the true discoverer of the Northwest Passage. Rae discovered the fate of the failed Franklin Expedition and evidence of cannibalism on the bones he found, but he was disgraced by a slanderous campaign against his name, which resulted in a century of subsequent obscurity. Rae was one of the first Europeans to show respect for Inuit customs and to take inspiration from their Arctic survival skills. John Wilson brings this fascinating man and his times to life in an exciting narrative full of survival stories, shipwrecks and scandals. The book is illustrated with sketches, maps and archival photos.