The White Darkness

The White Darkness 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
  • Title: The White Darkness
  • Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
  • ISBN: 9780060890377
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • The White Darkness
    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 SI 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 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

    Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full time writer in 1988 She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.Her adult novels include Fires Astonishment 1990 and The Ideal Wife 1997 , but she is best known for her children s books She writes for children of all ages, from first readers, picture books, and younger children s books, to children s novels, which include A Little Lower than the Angels 1987 , Gold Dust 1993 and Not the End of the World 2004 , each of which have won the Whitbread Children s Book Award, making her the only writer to have won this award three times.Geraldine McCaughrean has also written several collections of stories, including bible stories and fairy tales She specialises in the retelling of classic tales such as The Canterbury Tales 1984 , The Odyssey 1993 , Moby Dick 1996 and El Cid 1989 and of myths and legends from around the world These books include The Orchard Book of Greek Myths 1992 and The Orchard Book of Roman Myths 1999.Geraldine McCaughrean lives in Berkshire Her book, Not the End of the World, is currently being adapted for the stage White Darkness 2005 , was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Children s Book Award In 2005, she was chosen to write the official sequel to J M Barrie s Peter Pan Peter Pan in Scarlet was published in 2006.


  • Do you have any idea how to live in a freezing dessert called South Pole Or have you tried reading thousands of books regarding South Pole and the failed expedition of Captain Oates What if you fall in love to an imaginary character just by watching an old film about South Pole This book is sympathetically all you need to live in the South No need for maps or self help books and most of the entire journey is effortless.I never wished to go to the South and I don t have any idea how to fall in lo [...]

  • So many people have loved this book I think it s just not my thing After the death of her father, 14 year old Symone, excruciatingly shy hearing impaired geek with an imaginary friend, is whisked away on a surprise trip to Antarctica by her Uncle Victor From the start you can sense that something s not right here Victor s acting fishy, lying to Sym about their destination, stealing her mother s passport so she can t come with them and things just get bleaker and bleaker as the journey goes on My [...]

  • I wavered over whether to choose I really liked it or It was amazing for this one, but I went with the four stars in the end because it s such a dark book in so many ways that I m not sure I d want to read it again On the other hand, I might just to pick up on all the details I d missed.The gorgeous yet narrator appropriate language in this book, the amount of research that must have gone into it about Antarctica, just staggers me It is possibly the weirdest book I have read all year, and I m qu [...]

  • When I think about this book, all I want to do is sigh Sigh because it was a frustrating read, sigh because of the main character s situation throughout most of the book, and sigh that it won the Printz I read it, and I read it fast I stayed up all night to finish this mother I was so worried about this girl s retarded fate that I couldn t sleep I needed to find out what happened So in that sense, yes, it was excellent In the sense that the story traps you like you ve gotten snowed in while you [...]

  • A gorgeous book Shocking when someone pure and innocent not just because she is young many of her peers are far worldly wise than she is manipulated by those she trusts she has no idea what is real and what is not Her whole existence, the whole story she s been told is just based on other people s manipulation of the facts I m still not certain whether those who manipulated the facts were conscious that they were doing so It is yet another great example of the ills of fanaticism, no matter what [...]

  • I really am not an adventurous person Moving to England having never lived on my own before aside, I m not the sort of person who enjoys embarking on expeditions I took a trip up to Edinburgh back in October, and that was adventurous enough for me for a few months These days, a train to Norwich is about as much adventure as I can muster I read National Geographic and watch the Discovery Channel and soak up all these stories of adventure and exploration vicariously but I cannot imagine actually d [...]

  • This book was better than I thought it would be Set mostly in Antarctica, it starts out like a typical YA novel, with 14 year old Sym telling us how she s bullied at her school in England, is shy, and doesn t fit in Obsessed with Antarctica and the doomed 1911 expedition, she frequently confides in her imaginary friend, Captain Oates, who was one of the explorers.But when her uncle Victor takes her on a trip to Antarctica, it soon turns into something horrible than she ever suspected it would b [...]

  • I have a friend who says she can tell if she ll love a movie with the first ten minutes And I can often say the same for a book I can tell I love it within the first twenty pages or so But The White Darkness took me until page 73 to get really hooked And then I couldn t put it down It s about a teenage girl, Symone, who gets her dream vacation a trip to Antarctica She is obsessed with Antarctica and one of its brave explorers, Captain Oates from Scott s doomed expedition to the South Pole She al [...]

  • Vivid, harrowing, and highly unusual Sym is a strange sort of heroine locked up in her own head, where she converses constantly with Titus Oates, the romantic and tragic army man of Scott s expedition to the Antarctic Sam s Uncle Victor regularly assures her that she is not bright, not charming, but he still takes her along on the trip of a lifetime to the Antarctic But Sym is not what Uncle Victor says, and neither is he Or anyone, really Fascinating and strange, and very, VERY stressful

  • A young girl named Symone is taken without her mother s permission by her uncle on a trip to the Antarctic Uncle is obsessed with the idea of a world or worlds within the Earth and is convinced that the access portal to these worlds lies at the South Pole Sym is a whole lot naive and completely too trusting of this uncle but as the story goes on she becomes and aware of how crazy her uncle is The trip is dangerous with hazards you can t even imagine and is driven by the obsessed madman and fed [...]

  • What Whoa was the chorus running through my head as I read this highly unusual story, this year s Printz Award winner Although it took a while to get going, it quickly morphed into a layered mystery, narrated by 14 year old British girl Sym, who accompanies her Uncle Victor and her imaginary friend, the Artic explorer Titus Oates on a trip to Paris which turns into a trip to Antarctica and a survival story unlike any other Pair with Life As We Knew It for two great survival girl protagonists, bu [...]

  • In this brilliantly crafted story of madness and despair comes the story of teenage Sym who is whisked away from her normal teenage anxieties to face the bleak desolation of Antarctica and her uncle s obsession Sym is a normal British teen, unpopular boys and the butt of many jokes with her friends Her father has died rather tragically, but Sym finds solace by insulating herself in a fictional world where her principal friend is an incarnation of Captain Lawerence Oates, who lead an ill fated ex [...]

  • This was a very good book from a literary standpoint It is however, not a fun read It is a Printz award winner for the best book of the year for young adults, and deservedly so It is a tale of a teen from England who gets taken on a surprise trip to Antartica with her uncle Symone s Sym story quickly turns into a survival tale, as she deals with an increasingly manic uncle.What helps Sym get through is her imaginary relationship with a long dead artic explorer This character is real to her than [...]

  • 14 year old Symone Wates is than a bit socially awkward her obvious hearing aids don t help But thanks to her obsession with the doomed Scott Antarctic Expedition, she s got a pretty solid relationship with Lawrence Titus Oates, a member of the team even if he does exist only in her head When family friend Uncle Victor, who shares her obsession, takes Sym on a surprise trip to actual Antarctica, her knowledge of the geography and what it takes to survive will be put to the test as she finds her [...]

  • Really excellent YA novel about a girl who is obsessed with Antarctica, and the uncle who kidnaps her and takes her there.

  • Interesting plot twists and an author who really likes poetic justice Still a lot of wandering around freezing to death, but not as dry as I expected because Sym is a complex character It does seem a little unbelievable that the girl who couldn t speak a coherent sentence becomes vindictive and even flirty within the course of a week Not sure if I d give it any awards, but a decent read Everyone needs a reason to stay alive someone who justifies your existence Someone who loves you Not beyond al [...]

  • Need to think on this, but for now Actual rating 2.5 stars When I am old, I shall stand on street corners with a bullhorn and harangue passersby about the moral decline in uncles I hope Sym lives up to this promise Moral decline in uncles is definitely the best description for this book And, trust me, the plot is a lot less exciting than I m making it sound.Possible RTC

  • I loved this bookbut I can see why you might either love or hate it The conflict is multifaceted a person, a landscape, and the main character s mind All three of these aspects develop quite slowly, so if you need a faster paced novel or a clear cut villain it may not appeal to you The book also has a lot of symbolic aspects and devices, maybe too many Titus, the bound princess, the lettersc A lot of the plot stretches the limits of realism, so if you come into this looking for a story that coul [...]

  • Fourteen year old Sym is miserable The girls at school are boy crazy and obsessed with sex Symone Sym is fascinated with Antarctica, an interest encouraged by her Uncle Victor, and specifically Captain Titus Oates, an Antarctic explorer who died almost a century ago on the icy continent Her father has recently passed away, and she and her mother are thrilled when his business partner, known to Sym as Uncle Victor proposes a trip to Paris to boost their spirits The trip to Paris is a ruse so that [...]

  • McCaughrean, Geraldine The White Darkness, HarperTempest, 373 pages Fictional chapter book, mystery Description Symone is obsessed with Antarctica, particularly with early 20th century Antarctic explorers In fact, she can apparently communicate with the spirit of a departed explorer named Titus When her uncle takes her to Antarctica to find the mythical Symmes Hole, she must act rationally under mysterious circumstances Review The White Darkness is filled with twists, turns, hardships and myster [...]

  • 2008 Printz Award winner I m going to echo several other reviews here this is beautifully written, atmospheric, and engrossing, and yet it just didn t do it for me.When Symone s generous uncle offers to whisk her and her mom away to Paris, Sym jumps at the chance and when her mom s passport goes missing at the last moment, Sym looks forward to exploring Paris with Uncle Victor But after one night, he reveals that the trip is bigger than Paris They re going south Very far south Antarctica south, [...]

  • Fourteen year old Sym seems to be trapped in her own mind, her deafness, shyness, and social naivet make her an outcast at school Her father s death has made her mother distant and invited her eclectic uncle into bring the family out of a financial burden However, when her uncle, who feeds her love for all things about Antarctica, encourages the family to take a trip, Sym gets whisked away from her mother and thrown into a dangerous adventure in the icy continent with her uncle His drive for fam [...]

  • I m a bit ill right now so I won t go into full detail regarding this book, but I will say that this book was a wonderful experience and hit very close to home on a lot of topics Very, very close to home, considering what I ve been going through recently But the thing that really struck me was the absolute familiarity and comfort of the main character s relationship with the character in her head Being someone who has been in constant communication with multiple characters in their head since ch [...]

  • This was on the required reading list for YA Lit This was the worst book I read all semester, and I m sad that this is the last book on my list I might have to squeeze another book into my schedule just to get the taste out of my mouth before the end of the semester End on a good note This book was long and boring The author used 370 pages when 200 would have been fine I kept waiting to get into it or to care at all for the story or the characters, but it just never happened I started to like Si [...]

  • It s sort of difficult to place this book I give it the high rating of four stars mostly because of the writing involved, not for the plot or the cast of characters Practically nothing was solved by the end I m sorry to admit that I actually do enjoy happy endings, even the bittersweet ones I feel like I have to have some means of closure after i finish a book At the end of the book Sym s uncle has been revealed to be a stark raving mad man who is a murderer obsessed with a basically impossible [...]

  • White Darkness has the most amazing premise Fourteen year old Sym travels with her uncle to the Antarctic on what should be the trip of a lifetime It is indeed a trip that will never be forgotten Her uncle is convinced that there is a hole in the Antarctic that leads to an inner world, proving the earth is a hollow shell After they arrive at the base, her uncle sabotages the return plane and drugs everyone at the base so he can steal a snow machine and head towards the coordinates where he think [...]

  • I suggested this book to my Teen Book Club because it had won the Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, and the story sounded exciting What a thrill ride The narrator, Sym, takes us along as she begins to realize that everything she knows about her life is wrong I thought the characters in the beginning were interesting, and I wasn t quite sure how the book would work when, less than halfway through, Sym, her uncle Victor, and two others set off into the barrens of Antartica But the journey s [...]

  • Sym, a fourteen year old girl, is in love with Titus Titus is her imaginary friend, who once explored Antarctic and died there in 1912 She becomes obsessed with the Antarctic when her uncle Victor secretly takes her to the polar region, without the approval of her mother Victor has his own obsessions, namely the entry into the center of the earth through Symmes Hole We come to learn that Victor is a genius, but mentally ill, not to mention a liar, thief, and murderer It is a story of survival in [...]

  • This novel is as bleak and beautiful as the continent upon which it is set Every step of Sym s journey has this sense of disaster about it As her Uncle takes her deeper and deeper into Antarctica in a desperate attempt to reach the entrance to Hollow Earth, there s this brutal sense of foreboding that this all is going to end in such a terrible way, while also this tendril of hope about to snap any second that maybe everything will be all right although you can t possibly see how It s rather int [...]

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