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.
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Geraldine McCaughrean is the Printz Award-winning author of The White Darkness. She has been honored with England's most prestigious children's book award, the Carnegie Medal, and is the only three-time winner ever of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She also wrote Peter Pan in Scarlet, the first official sequel to the treasured masterpiece Peter Pan, and the critically acclaimed The Death-Defying Pepper Roux. Geraldine lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and actress daughter.From AudioFile:
Ruth Sillers flawlessly narrates the lion's share of the story of an unusual teenaged girl, Sym, who unwittingly embarks on a wild expedition to the Antarctic with her lunatic Uncle Victor. Sillers conveys youth, intelligence, and naïveté with elegance and perfect British diction. Captain "Titus" Oates (known for his famous last words to explorer Robert Falcon Scott--"I am just going outside and may be some time") exists in her imagination as both a friend and soul mate. Richard Morant as Oates is perfect--that gentle, romantic, and chivalrous voice in Sym's head is truly a voice to fall in love with. Sym (with Oates's help) must use everything she has ever learned about Antarctica to save her life. A.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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