Antarctica

'The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica' doesn't quite deliver on the glitter of its premise

'The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica' doesn't quite deliver on the glitter of its premise

Laurie Gwen Shapiro’s “The Stowaway” has the makings of a high-concept true story for the ages: Teen upstart from Queens becomes the toast of Jazz Age America by finagling a coveted spot on a storied explorer’s bid to helm the first flight over the South Pole.

The Stowaway revolves around the converging compulsions of dashing blueblood Commander Richard Evelyn Byrd, equal parts serious explorer and glory-hound, and Billy Gawronski, 17, first-generation Polish-American from the outer boroughs.

Renowned for his 1926 aerial crossing of the North Pole but beaten by Charles Lindbergh to aviation’s blue ribbon — the first transatlantic flight — and stung by doubt cast on his...

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