The White Darkness is a novel that combines history, science, mystery, and teenage angst into a great read. It is not a quick read as many YA books are, but is still fun to read. I felt this book had a lot of substance to it. Sym, a 14-year old girl, has an imaginary friend in the form of an explorer that died decades before she was born. This imaginary friend gives this book a touch of fantasy but I would still classify it as realistic fiction. Sym’s relationship with this friend reminds me of the protagonist in Nick Hornby’s Slam‘s relationship with his Tony Hawk poster. Sym is a strong female character who uses her brain. There is a slight love interest in the story, and plenty of intrigue. I think this book could be used in a 9-12 classroom.
2008 Printz Award Winner
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