Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1864)

“Descend, bold traveler, into the crater of the jokull of Snaefell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the centre of the earth.  I did it.  Arne Saknussemm”

journey.jpgIn 1863 Professor Lidenbrock deciphers this coded message on an old manuscript.  The message reveals a passage hidden inside an Icelandic volcano that leads to the very center of the earth!  Before anyone can stop them, Professor Lidenbrock and his nephew sail to Iceland, hire a guide and enter the passage.  Wonders of pre-historic life, including live dinosaurs and ancient man, confront them as they navigate raging underground rivers, giant oceans, enormous caves, underground electrical storms and molten lava.  Do they reach the center of the earth?  Do any of them survive to tell their tale?

Published only five years after Charles Darwin published his Origin of Species, Journey to the Center of the Earth takes Darwin’s new scientific theory (that was taking the world by storm in that day) in a fantastical and often frightening direction!  Journey to the Center of the Earth  is one of the earliest Sci-Fi books ever written.  In fact, Verne is often called the Father of Science Fiction.  It’s hard to believe this book was written over 150 years ago — originally in French.  Oh what a RIDE!

Middle Grade Reading Level, 160 Pages, Adventure, Science Fiction, Boys, Published in 1864




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