The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica

The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York?s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roaring Twenties? most remarkable feat of science and daring: an expedition to Antarctica. It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better momen The spectacular, true story of a scrappy teenager from New York?s Lower East Side who stowed away on the Roarin...

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Title:The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
Author:Laurie Gwen Shapiro
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1476753865
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica Reviews

  • Andy Weston
    Jan 27, 2018
    As a reader of almost anything that is polar discovery based, especially historical, I was really disappointed by this. It is the story of a young man, Billy Gawronski, Who stows away on Commander Byrd?s voyage of 1928 and mission to fly the first plane over Antarctica. Though Sh...
  • Diane
    Jul 24, 2018
    This book about a stowaway on Richard Byrd?s 1928 trip to Antarctica seemed a natural for me to read. It was okay. The author obviously did a huge amount of research and interviewing, but she failed to continue research on the side topics. It was almost as if she felt she had to incl...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    Dec 01, 2017
    What an amazing story about a young man who is a stowaway on then-Commander Byrd's Antarctic expedition in 1928. I normally gravitate toward fiction, but this book gripped me, and I read it in a single day. The balance between background/history and adventure story was perfect, and a c...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    Feb 19, 2018
    I am not a winter person at all. But a recent cold, blustery week seemed like the perfect setting to listen to Laurie Gwen Shapiro's latest book - The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica. While adventures and tales can by imagined by authors, sometimes the ...
  • Leah
    Aug 29, 2018
    2 stars might be generous. This was disappointing. There was so much random details NOT about Billy. I don't really need to know all 39 Boy Scout merit badges about one of the crew members. Felt like the author was just filling space to make a book. ...
  • Vicki
    Feb 10, 2018
    This book was not what I thought it would be. I love true life adventure stories and was very excited to listen to The Stowaway. I wanted to go along with Billy to Antarctica, and experience all he did. Sadly, the book did not give me that. I thought the book started out good. We learn...
  • Laura Chase
    Feb 11, 2018
    enjoyed it! Loved the tenacisiosness of Billy and his spunk ...
  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Nov 18, 2017
    The Stowaway: A Young Man?s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro is the story of an American boy, of Polish origins, who stowed away on a ship planning to join Admiral Robert Byrd?s Antarctica expedition in the late 1920s. Ms. Shapiro is a talented writer an...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 28, 2018
    3.5 review soon. ...
  • Joe Jones
    Jul 01, 2017
    Billy Gawronski wanted something more than just working in the family business in late 1920's New York City. He had a dream of adventure and exploration. Richard Byrd's planned trip to Antarctica was just the ticket and nothing was going to stop Billy from joining the crew. Even if he ...
  • Melanie
    Dec 07, 2017
    Adventures change you. Let's say, I have never been one to have looked out new adventures. I am that girl who prefers not to have surprises, and to have complete control over my life. I have definitely never been an adventure-junkie. I am still not, but I have learned to appreciate ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Dec 11, 2017
    An enjoyable, well written and researched true story about a recent high school graduate Billy Gawronski, who fears being resigned to a life in his father's upholstery business, while he dreams of a life of adventure. He wants permission to go off and join his hero Admiral Richard Byrd...
  • Allen Adams
    Jan 23, 2018
    http://www.themaineedge.com/adventure... What would you be willing to do to gain the opportunity to experience an adventure of a lifetime? What risks would you take to take part in something historic? How far would you go? Would you travel to the ends of the earth? For Billy Gawr...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Oct 23, 2017
    GNab Laurie Gwen Shapiro has done an exquisite job of bringing to life the times and trials of that Polish stowaway 'Billy' Gawronski. Her author's note following this work, telling of the steps and luck involved in uncovering the story of the life of this stowaway is as extraordinary ...
  • Dramatika
    Feb 07, 2018
    Rather disappointing book stretched too thin to provide any real story of the one in a lifetime time adventure of young man. It is just not that interesting, at least not enough for a whole book. It would probably work better as a collection of stories on various stowaways and other un...
  • LibraryCin
    Jul 25, 2018
    3.75 stars Billy Gawronski?s parents immigrated from Poland to New York. He grew up wanting to be a sailor, and at 17, though his Dad wanted him to take over his successful interior design business, Billy stowed away on a ship belonging to his hero, Richard Byrd. Byrd had planned ...
  • William Matthies
    Aug 14, 2018
    A true story about a teenager who repeatedly attempted to stowaway on the late 1920's Admiral Byrd expedition to Anartica. As author Shapiro says, "Everyone wanted in on the adventure". If you, like me, are a sucker for non-fiction adventure stories, you'll enjoy this book. ...
  • Carol Taylor
    Jul 11, 2018
    I liked Stowaway but I can only give it three stars because it was hard for me to read more than five or ten pages at a time. The beginning was fascinating as I was learning about this very motivated boy who is determined to get on one of Byrd's ships to go to the Antarctic. However, I...
  • Faith
    Feb 16, 2018
    In 1928, Billy Gawronski was the 17 year old son of a Polish immigrant family that once lived in the lower east side of Manhattan. He was looking for more adventure than he would find by joining his father's interior decorating business and he became obsessed with Antarctica. After rep...
  • Cynthia
    Aug 16, 2017
    The Stowaway starts with a great opening and continues as a tightly written narrative. It's an entertaining non-fiction that reads like fiction. Plucky Billy Gawronski is a highly likable, smart-aleck, teenager who stows away on Admiral Byrd's ship to Antartica. What's special about th...
  • Jacob
    Jan 20, 2018
    I received a free copy of this book through The Goodreads Giveaway program. The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica delivers on its title. It is an account of the frequently misspelled adventures of Billy Gawronski determination to be part of Richard Byrd...
  • Kathy
    Feb 03, 2018
    Looking at the other reviews, I am definitely in the minority with regards to this book! I am a big fan of historical books; I find learning about other time periods and how life was then fascinating. I am also a big fan of biographies because I love the feeling of getting to know a...
  • Gaynor
    Jan 22, 2018
    Born into one of the most exciting and dramatic era?s in history, the sense of ambition and innovation of the 1920s is not lost on 17 year old Billy Gawronski. The author depicts the era well and brings to life the history of Billy?s family and the events leading up to his standing...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jan 12, 2018
    ? 4 adventurous, Antarctic stars to The Stowaway ? I enjoy reading nonfiction, and it?s a delight when I read nonfiction that feels like fiction. I would say this particular book feels mostly like fiction, but it is a bit on the detailed side. This worked perfectly for me, bu...
  • Karen Kay
    Sep 01, 2018
    Wow, Billy Gawronski had pluck. 3.25 ? ...
  • Marika
    Jul 13, 2017
    In 1928, Admiral Richard Byrd decided to explore the unknown..the Antarctica. At that time going to Antarctica was the last frontier to conquer on earth and just the idea of his attempting this voyage was the stuff of legends. Thousands of men and women wanted to be a part of Byrd's ad...
  • Donna Hines
    Feb 02, 2018
    Extraordinary! Exquisite! A spectacular true account of a young NY boy Billy Gawronski and his determination to make a name for himself on an expedition that would go down in history as one of the greats. I'm in awe of this story as I've never heard about the Stowaway and was mesmeriz...
  • megs_bookrack
    Feb 02, 2018
    'Wherever you're from, there's always somewhere more exciting.' Excellent - a rollicking, fun ride to the edge of the earth and back! The story of Billy Gawronski is one that I had never heard before but I feel like now, it will be one that I never forget. A true tale of perseveranc...
  • The Captain
    Jan 29, 2018
    Ahoy there me mateys! Though this log?s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. So occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. I received t...
  • Julie
    Sep 21, 2018
    This is the wonderfully written true story about William "Billy" Gawronski, a young man who longs to go to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd who had a soft spot in his heart for stowaways. After 3 attempts to hide on the boat, he has been allowed to stay and work on one of the ships on the ...