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Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

by Catherine Johnson
illustrated by Katie Hickey


Reading Age: 8 Interest Age: 8-12

ISBN: 978-1-78112-840-4

When orphan Matthew Henson ran away from his violent stepmother to find a new life in the big city, no one could have predicted that he would become the first man to reach the North Pole. A little luck and a lot of hard work led to a life of adventure on the high seas and in the Arctic, but back home in America his achievements were ignored due to the colour of his skin.
Race to the Frozen North tells his remarkable true story.

Information for Adults: This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it. It has been edited to a reading age of 8. It features a removable ‘super-readable’ sticker.

AR Level – 4.6

Read the first chapter of Race to the Frozen North below:


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