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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

(The Polar Bear Explorers' Club #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,330 ratings  ·  251 reviews
I, Stella Starflake Pearl, do solemnly swear that I will explore faraway lands, strange seas, exotic jungles and forbidden deserts. That I will bravely face fierce monsters, bloodthirsty savages, savage beasts and ferocious weather. I will seek to extend the limits of human understanding, discover new wonders, and commit astonishing acts of derring-do.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 8th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 2nd 2017)
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Gavin
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!

This was a perfect polar adventure that had characters I instantly fell in love with and a story I didn't want to end! I also laughed my butt off on multiple occasions and I cannot wait to see what these explorers get up to next.

Fantastic, just absolutely fantastic!
Jade Ratley
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great children’s book! If you’ve got kids, then I highly recommend this. If you’re into cute children’s stories then I highly recommend this.
Obviously my rating is taking into consideration that this is a children’s book, I’m knocking a star for predictability, however there was a plot twist I wasn’t expecting! The writing was simplistic, however I liked the introduction of more sophisticated words at times, and the illustrations really added something special.
This was an adorab
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Dannii Elle
I need to read middle grade more often! This provided the most charming story-line, delivered a fun Arctic adventure, is full of feminist ideals, and has created some of the most unique and lovable characters. You don't need to be of the intended age range to enjoy this, as every reader has much to gain from this adorable, inclusive, and individual story.
Christina
I was excited to read this book. What do you want in the run up to Christmas other than a good, snowy adventure story? But this was such a disappointment. Alex Bell uses a very tired formula of ‘girls can’t do x, so my character will!’, which may have worked 15 years ago, but most certainly will not now. It is still a good adventure story when it gets down to it, but I couldn’t get past this lazy trope. Having some bad-ass female explorers would’ve made a much better plot, it just felt like Bell ...more
Sarah
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stella was found as a baby in the Icelands, a territory that is almost wholly unexplored. Now her adoptive father, Felix, a polar explorer, is returning to further explore the Icelands and Stella has been granted permission to accompany him - a high honour for a girl. Will she finally find answers to her true identity?
It took me a little while to get into this story, but once the expedition began I really warmed to it. It is non-stop action and adventure and is simply teeming with imagination. T
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Sam (she_who_reads_)
The most enjoyable reading experience I’ve had in a long time!! This was possibly the cutest book I’ve ever read- full of amazing characters, magical creatures, and exciting adventures! I’ve fallen absolutely in love with this world- I need more more more!! There’s humour, danger, mystery, and some truely heartwarming moments. There’s wonderful character growth, the writing style is beautiful, and the world Alex Bell has created is so unique and full of wonder- I cannot wait to discover more of ...more
Ariana
3.5 stars
Lauren
Alex Bell you've done it again!
Anne-Marie
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun world this was! I now desperately want my own Polar Pets igloo, a pygmy dinosaur, and I definitely need a spotted goose. Loved it!
Fenja
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK! From the little messages about life and friendship and family that were weaved into the story to the kids and the PARENTS (Felix is Dad of the year oh my god) and the Plot and - I just loved everything about it.

It was funny and entertaining and adventurous and just so much fun! It had an awesome Plot Twist. It was very imaginative with polar bears and unicorns and tiny dinosaurs. It was basically everything I want from a good Middle Grade Fantasy. I would reco
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Michelle
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you’ve worked with a publicist for a while, and they ask you to be part of a new book release which ends up being a worldwide hit, you don’t turn the offer down, so when you’re asked again for a surprise middle grade book you don't hesitate in saying yes.

Stella Starflake Pearl is adopted, she lives with her Dad Felix, and their multitude of pygmy dinosaurs, unicorns, and a polar bear. Stella wants to be an explorer, a navigator to be exact, but the Polar Bear Explorer's Club forbids women f
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Sarah (Bookish Bug)
A very fun, cute, and unique middle grade novel! Stella is a stubborn little girl who knows who she is and what she wants and she goes for it! I loved the characters and creatures in this story!!!
Ophelia
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owlcrate-jr, owned
I finished my first book this year! Whouhou! Even though I'm having a terrible cold since new years eve....
Anyway, back to topic. I thoroughly enjoyed this read! It was really cute and it started of so strong! A magically crafted world full of wonders and pets I wished I could own! My only complain is, the adventure could have been a little more cleverly plotted.
3,5 stars
Rikke
I read this yesterday, while the snow was tumbling down outside and the freezing wind was howling. It was so perfect to sit, quietly and comfortably, and read about polar bears, frost fairies, yetis and mysterious expeditions while looking at the snow. A match made in heaven.

This book is a classic middlegrade novel; filled with adventure, action and courageous characters. It's about finding out who you are, accepting others individuality, and coming to terms with your past. And – of course – abo
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Dreximgirl
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really cute. I loved the characters as well as the storyline. It was well paced and well developed and I cannot wait for the next one. It is an easy read being middle grade but I still got a lot of pleasure from reading it. Recommend for anybody who wants a fun, polar adventure story.
Kate
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this little adventure. The description were outstanding and i also really liked the illustrations. Tbh living in such a wonderful world, full of polar bears, miniature penguin igloos, tiny dinosaurs, zebra unicorns and wolf whisperer would just totally be my thing. Also the end screams for sequel and i wouldn’t mind to join another exciting expedition!
Becky
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an adorable book!

Sometimes, a cute middle grade polar fantasy is what you need to help relax after reading some bigger and heavier books. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club, though aimed at children, is fully accessible and enjoyable to adults too. It’s a vivid world seen through the eyes of four junior explorers who get separated from the adults in the group. They then proceed to have incredible and sometimes scary adventures, making discoveries of magical creatures (think frosty fairies and c
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Katy Noyes
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent comic adventure/fairy tale with a 'thing' for moustaches...

It's a man's world for orphan Stella, found in the Arctic by an explorer and adopted, brought up to look on the globe as somewhere exciting to discover... but girls are NOT expected or encouraged to this kind of career. Persuasion and determination and Stella finds herself, alongside several other boys, on her first expedition to the cold lands in which she was found.

I won't describe deeply what happens next, but alongside a fe
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Chrissi
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved Alex Bell’s adult and YA books. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out The Ninth Circle and Jasmyn please give them a go. They’re amazing and so underrated, in my opinion. I was super excited to pick up The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club. It’s such an exciting story that I believe will pull children in and keep them engaged throughout the story.

Its plot is fast paced and so easy to read. The reader follows a group of young explorers on a quest to find the coldest part of the Icelands as
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Layla
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stella Starflake Pearl knows deep down that she’s an explorer – she’s got a middle name and all explorers have middle names! Defying the rules that no girls are allowed to explore, Stella tags along with her father on the latest Polar Bear Club expedition. When trouble out on the ice strikes, Stella is joined by Shay, a wolf whisperer, Ethan, a magician, and Beanie, a medic-in-training on an unforgettable adventure that will see them face off against some scary foes and put their differences as ...more
Bex
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

‘Savaged by a cabbage’

Set in an unspecified time and world this is a brilliant book. It builds a world long gone where we didn’t know what’s was out there. It combines this age of exploration story with a brilliant fantasy background and a well thought out magic system. After all who can read about Pygmy diplodocus without wanting one?

Stella has always been different, encouraged by her adopted father to always be herself and be outgoing all she wants to do is be an explorer. The rules forbid wom
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Katy
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars
Kate
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so much fun to read! The Polar Bear Explorers' Club follows Stella Starflake Pearl, aspiring explorer, as she and three other junior explorers head off on an adventure across the Icelands. This middle-grade novel boasts a whole myriad of magical curiosities: this is by no means an exhaustive list, but it contains unicorns, miniature penguins, yetis, fairies and cabbages (just take my word for that last one). It's also a tale that really promotes equality; "You can be whatever you want t ...more
Charlotte Holmans
I loved this book so much! It makes me feel like an explorer everytime I read it (and I have three names as well as all explorers should do!) I love maps and compasses and polar bears. This book is just a gem and everyone should read it!
Steph
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional. Friendship, equality, fun and gorgeous Felix. That last page though... What is that???!
Lisa
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
This was a fabulous read. I fell in love with it on p9 with the description of polar pets (want!) and it only got better from there :)
Helen
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and whimsical story.
Marion
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: daisy, tobias
This book was warmly, vigorously and insistently recommended to me. And because I love Middlegrade books and also because I actually saw that they had a signed copy at Owlcrate I just really had to take the opportunity to add this book to my collection. The few artworks inside are absolutely lovely.
Lately I have come to realize one thing: I love books that have to do with ice and snow. I mean, I’ve always loved winter and watching snowflakes and taking winter walks so that should have been a giv
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Holly
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this a 4 star rating for my enjoyment level of this book, but a 3 star rating if I were to rate this based off of critiquing it... If that makes sense 😂

I'll start with the positives! I LOVED the characters so much! About halfway through I just set my book down and was like, "Omg. I absolutely adore these kids!" The amount of imagination that went into writing this book is incredible! This gave me a snowy Alice in Wonderland kind of vibe plus more magical creatures than I could ever possib
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Stephen Connor
A frosty tale of exploration - part fantasy, part fairy tale - as Stella and three comrades make their way across the Icelands. Stella, who was orphaned and taken in by the wonderful Felix, finds out about her true identity, and friendship is very much at the fore here.

There were lots of moments that reminded me of Katherine Rundell's writing - Felix, for one, is very similar to Charles of Rooftoppers, not to mention Stella's predicament bearing similarities to Sophie - and obviously the explor
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Alex Bell was born in 1986. She always wanted to be a writer but had several different back-up plans to ensure she didn’t end up in the poor house first. For some years these ranged from dolphin trainer to animal shelter vet but then, at fifteen, she had an epiphany involving John and Robert Kennedy and decided to become a lawyer instead.

To that end she eagerly started a Law Degree only to find it
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