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The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
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bookshelves: award-winners, realistic-fiction, being-different, survival, thrillers-and-adventure
Read in February, 2008

2008 Printz Award Winner

Sym is in love with Titus Oates, the legendary (and very dead) Antarctic explorer. Well, a girl needs a best friend when she's a half-deaf freak! So when Uncle Victor kidnaps -- errr, creatively borrows -- Sym and takes her on a trip to the Antarctic, she's thrilled. But the Antarctic is a beautiful, harsh land. When Uncle Victor's mad obssessions take them beyond the camp, Sym has to figure out what (and who) she really believes. Nothing it what it seems... especially in the Antarctic.

Sym is the ultimate unreliable narrator, and as the plot unfolds, the people surrounding her will send chills down your spine. I like how Sym takes control of her life and finds brilliance & strength inside herself. It just takes some time to get into the story (slow starter!).

Read this if you want a topsy-turvy, first-person, confusing puzzle of a story!

--Courtney

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