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Antarctica: The Melting Continent

with illustrations by Angela Hsieh

Antarctica -- vast, cold, and mysterious. This frozen continent if full of incredible stories. Here you can discover incredible wildlife, awe-inspiring landscapes, and adventurous scientists and explorers. 

Join author Karen Romano Young on a trip across Antarctica, hanging out with people and animals and learning about how this special place is changing, and what that means for our planet. Read stories of emperor penguins, killer whales, and elephant seals. Suit up for the cold and explore some of the harshest landscapes on Earth. Learn how scientists survive here today and what they do all day -- from studying climate change to investigating million-year-old ice to learn about the history -- and future -- of our planet. 

• Presents STEM/STEAM topics through an engaging, first-hand narrative

• Conveys urgent environmental messages as readers discover how scientists are studying the continent

• Tours Antarctica's animal life and ecosystems -- from giant jellies to fish with antifreeze in their blood

Angela Hsieh is a Taiwanese American illustrator whose life choices can mostly be explained by the fact that she likes goofy animals. She once visited Antarctica and can confirm that penguins, as cute as they are, smell awful.

Her clients include the New York Times, the New Yorker, NPR, Medium, and Nautilus. She is writing and illustrating a graphic novel about adventure and discovery, about the way that language and distance shape relationships, and

about giant animals.


April 2022

New York Public Library

Best Books of 2022 

National Science Teachers Association 

Outstanding Science Trade Book, 


Bank Street College of Education 
Best Books of 2023 (for books
published in 2022)


Stanfords Travel Book of the Month,

May 2022 

Green Earth Award Short List, 2023

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