The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

The White Darkness

Written by Geraldine McCaughrean

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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

What the judges said: McCaughrean’s control of language and style ensures that this novel, with its original and ambitious plot, produces a fast-moving adventure story.

It’s an outstanding survival fantasy that explores the pain of adolescence. The descriptive passages of the frozen Antarctic wastes are bone chillingly real and the gradual unfolding of this pacey story builds to a satisfying climax.


The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

When she is taken on a mystery expedition by her eccentric uncle Victor, Sym can't believe her luck. Destination Antarctica - the very place she's always wanted to visit. But Victor has other plans, more sinister than Sym could possibly imagine. Could it be that Titus, the one who perished in that very place, will be the means of her survival?


Geraldine McCaughrean has long been a fine novelist; The White Darkness makes her a great one as well. Wickedly funny and diabolically clever ... this has to be one of the most remarkable novels for children published in the last fifty years.' Nicholas Tucker

'The White Darkness is simply brilliant, totally original, always surprising... McCaughrean, as always, writes like a dream.' Wendy Cooling

'The White Darkness is as good as it gets.' Independent on Sunday

'A very disturbing, very dark teen-read Lady Fanciful (Blog)

About the Author

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is one of today's most successful and highly regarded children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and golden retriever, Daisy. Read more about the author here.

Anne Fine on Geraldine McCaughrean:

'I reckon Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today. Everything she does is different and everything works – look at her list of prizes. She must write in tremendous bursts. Some years, she's so prolific the rest of us start joking that the fairies come in at night to do her work for her. Then she'll go quiet, so unlike all those writers who are persuaded by their publishers to come up with something every year, no matter how tired or drab. If Geraldine has nothing fresh to write, she doesn't write it.' (The Guardian)

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272 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th September 2006




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