Plot SummarySym 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.
This was one of my favorite books I read this summer. It is very unusual with odd characters and an odd plot. After reading some reviews I can see that most people loved it in its oddness or just could not get into it. The unusualness of the novel is what kept me intrigued to the very end.
Sym loves everything about the Antarctic and Captain Oates but her world view is changed when she actually visits the Antarctic with her uncle.
Information about the authorI have a very clever older brother called Neil. When I was young, everything he did, I wanted to do. So when, at 14, he had a book published, that became a great ambition of mine. I was also very shy and timid. (I still am.) The one place I dared to have adventures was in my imagination, writing stories. Dad was a fireman, Mum was a teacher. We did not have television at home until I was 9, so you can imagine how exciting it was when we got one.
*What would you do to survive if you were stranded in the Antarctic?
age 13 and up
I found this book on the Salt Lake County library list of good adventure reads for young adults. It definitely was a good read!