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The white darkness : a novel
Geraldine McCaughrean
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Summary: 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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main characters Symore
Age: 14
Hearing-impaired; unpopular at school; father passed away; obsessed with the Antarctic and the brave, romantic figure of Captain Oates who perished in a 1912 expedition to the South Pole; travels to Paris and Antarctica.

Symore's dead father's business partner and family benefactor; genius; takes Symore on a trip to Paris and Antarctica.

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