The White Darkness

The White Darkness

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Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature!

"Completely gripping." --People

"Dazzling."--The Observer

Geraldine McCaughrean--two-time Carnegie Medalist for Where the World Ends and Pack of Lies--takes readers on a spellbinding journey into the frozen heart of darkness with this lyrical, riveting, and imaginative young adult novel.

Symone Sym Wates is not your average teenage girl. She is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears.

But Sym's uncle Victor is even more obsessed--and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves.

--Booklist (starred review)
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 175 x 25mm | 249g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060890371
  • 9780060890377
  • 225,909

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I have been in love with Titus Oates for quite a while now--which is ridiculous, since he's been dead for ninety years. But look at it this way. In ninety years I'll be dead, too, and the age difference won't matter.

Sym is not your average teenage girl. She is obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates from Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. In fact, Oates is the secret confidant to whom she spills all her hopes and fears.

But Sym's uncle Victor is even more obsessed--and when he takes her on a dream trip into the bleak Antarctic wilderness, it turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival that will challenge everything she knows and loves.

In her first contemporary young adult novel, Carnegie Medalist and three-time Whitbread Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean delivers a spellbinding journey into the frozen heart of darkness.

--Publishers Weekly
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Review quote

"Lyrical language actively engages the senses, plunging readers into a captivating landscape that challenges the boundaries of reality....This imaginative novel offers plenty of action."--Booklist (starred review)
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Rating details

4,089 ratings
3.47 out of 5 stars
5 24% (992)
4 28% (1,125)
3 26% (1,082)
2 15% (601)
1 7% (289)
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