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Stay: the last dog in Antarctica

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Left alone on the streets of Hobart to collect money for the Royal Guide Dogs of Tasmania, a Labrador called Girl tries to make the best of it. Her dreams of adventure can never come true though, as she is, after all, made of fibreglass. But then one night some rowdy Antarctic expeditioners walk past her on their way to the docks and before she knows it, Girl has been dogn ...more
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Published July 1st 2013 by ABC Books
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Emily Wrayburn
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: aussie-books, fiction
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind December 11, 2017:

This was a sweet book, though to be honest, nothing stand-out, at least to me. I think it’s one of those ones that kids would really loove, but that don’t really transcend the target demographic. Which there’s nothing wrong with, really, just that it affected my enjoyment.

Stay is a fibeglass fundraising labrador, supposed to be raising money for the Royal Guide Dogs outside a supermarket in Hobart. In 1991, she was dognapp
Hazel Edwards
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: antarctica

As an Antarctic writer- expeditioner familiar with STAY and the tall stories associated with this fibreglass donation dog, I commend Jesse Blackadder’s book as a great read. It will appeal to dog-lovers, Fantarctics (fans of Antarctica) and also to educators seeking resource material for the curriculum subject of Antarctica.

She’s also solved the fictional challenges of writing from the viewpoint of the charitable guide-dog whose role is to gather donations. The reader’s sympathy remains with the
I enjoyed this book and it is a lovely story that hopefully encourages more interest in Antarctica. However it ends up smearing across many genres without being great in anyone of them and will only have a limited audience.

Its written as a children's book but the content and context would be beyond almost all children. The simple writing is something a parent could read to children but couldn't hope to explain the slang and terminology unless they had a significant interest in Antarctica. I hav
Kate Forsyth
This is Jesse Blackadder’s first book for children, and was inspired by her trip to the icy south after she won the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship in 2011/2012. Jesse was travelling there to research her wonderful historical novel for adults Chasing the Light, and was most surprised to see one of those life-sized fibreglass seeing eye dogs used to collect donations for the Royal Blind Society. It had been dognapped from a Hobart shopping centre in 1991 by some Antarctic expeditioners who w ...more
Roz Hopkins
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a "kids book" for decades (allegedly being a grown up these days), so I particularly enjoyed reading this book. It took me right back to being a young girl, always reading reading reading. With the benefit of an adult eye, I could see why the child in me would have loved this book - a dog that's not a real dog, but has thoughts and feelings like a real dog, and can talk to other dogs (but not humans); a band of unpredictable characters with names like Laser , Chills and Kaboom; an ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely train read after a long day in the city. I became very attached to Stay, the 'telepathic fibreglass dog', and enjoyed following her adventures around Antarctica with her many friends, and some enemies! The descriptions of her travels, the Antarctic environment, and the people and animals that she meets are very immediate and informative too. I'm looking forward to sharing the book with my younger friends and relatives.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely story and well written.

It provides the right level of emotion and allows the reader to feel the emotions associated with the story.

Although I am not the target audience (10+ child, dog-"lover", and I do not enjoy the cold!) I found myself immersed in this book.

A nice read.

*Disclaimer: I reviewed this book as part of the First-Reads Giveaway, and as such, I received a free copy.*
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-not-ya
When we first meet her, Girl is in Hobart, learning about being a very special dog. A fibre-glass dog with a purpose - to raise funds to train guide dogs for the blind. Girl is dognapped, and her name and her life change forever.
A delightful read for 10+ years, and will probably spark the desire to learn more of Antarctica, and those who live there.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because stay was a plastic dog and he wanted to take on a adventure and he was really sad how he wasn't a real dog. So someone picked him up and took him to see Antarctica. He was so excited but he was a bit sad leaving his friends back home.My favourite character was stay because even though he was a plastic dog he still beilived he could go anywhere.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
An entertaining tale of a fibreglass dog called Stay.

I did enjoy the setting - and warmed to the characters who inhabit Stay's world. Would have loved to have seen further pictures of Stay and her many adventures.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stay starts from the known - a fundraiser Labrador that children see in supermarkets to explore the lesser known terrain of the Antarctic. A group. Of children who have recently finished reading Stay agreed in unison that it was a great read.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Definitely different! Fun for a lighthearted easy read
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to get into this book but honestly found the premise dumb. This would have translated better into a graphic novel I think.
Anna Davidson
Lovely story of the last dog in Antarctica. I love the way facts about Antarctica are woven into this wonderful story.
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Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read for Readers' Cup. Can see many adults as well as children enjoying this.
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