The White Darkness

by Geraldine McCaughrean

On Sale: 12/30/2008

The White Darkness

by Geraldine McCaughrean

On Sale: 12/30/2008


Michael L. Printz Award

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice

About the Book

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 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.

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Critical Praise

“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)

“Readers will find this a triply compelling tale: for its slow revelation of a deranged soul; for its young narrator, who turns out to be tougher than she or anyone else supposes; and for its wildly hostile setting, which quickly turns the secret expedition into a frantic struggle to survive.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“What makes the book truly stand out is Sym’s unique personality... and, through it all, McCaughreen’s inspired wordplay and powerful imagery.” - The Horn Book

“...the ratcheting terror, thrilling double-crosses and gorgeously articulated star character -- Antarctica itself -- combine for a girl’s adventure yarn of the first order.” - Publishers Weekly

“This is an amazing work...there is no question that McCaughrean is a fine writer.” - KLIATT


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060890377
  • ISBN 10: 0060890371
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:12.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Polar Regions

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