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Peter Lourie


Peter Lourie

Peter Lourie was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in New England, Ontario, Canada, and New York City. He holds a BA in classics from New York University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Maine, and an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Columbia University. He has taught writing for many years (Middlebury College, Columbia College, University of Vermont), and now makes his living traveling, writing and photographing. He also visits schools to share his adventures with students and teachers. He lives in Vermont where he is now working on an ongoing NSF-funded digital story-telling project about the Arctic, He has been traveling on a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker in the Beaufort Sea where he is recording multimedia stories for a National Science Foundation project. His new book for Henry Holt about Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush will be published in March, 2017. And he is just beginning to work on a biography of a Norwegian polar explorer.

Peter Lourie

Books by Peter Lourie

by Peter Lourie - Biography, Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

An explorer who many adventurers argue ranks alongside polar celebrity Ernest Shackleton, Fridtjof Nansen contributed tremendous amounts of new information to our knowledge about the Polar Arctic. At a time when the North Pole was still undiscovered territory, he attempted the journey in a way that most experts thought was mad: Nansen purposefully locked his ship in ice for two years in order to float northward along the currents. Richly illustrated with historic photographs, this riveting account of Nansen's Arctic expedition celebrates the legacy of an extraordinary adventurer who pushed the boundaries of human exploration to further science into the twentieth century.

by Peter Lourie and Wendell Minor - Adventure, Biography, Children's 8-12, Nonfiction


Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold --- the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels THE CALL OF THE WILD and WHITE FANG, and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold.