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Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

by Thor Heyerdahl

Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventure: a journey 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft.

Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by the mythical hero Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.

On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three suspenseful months on the open sea, alone among raging storms, whales and countless sharks, they sighted land: the polynesian island of Puka Puka.

Ages
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 9 - 12
Lexile Measure
1310L
Guided Reading
NR
Genre
Adventure, Classics

About the Author

Thor Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl (October 6, 1914, Larvik, Norway- April 18, 2002, Colla Micheri, Italy) was a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a background in zoology and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947.

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