Representations of Antarctica

Fiction (Juvenile)

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The following is a bibliography of fiction for children and young adults, published in English or translated into English, dealing substantially with Antarctic material. While we have included some picture books, we have made no attempt to be exhaustive, given the size of this genre.

[    A to E |    F to L |   M to Q |    R to Z ]

A to E

Alborough, Jez. Cuddly Dudley. 1993. London: Walker, 1994.

Anderson, Edna A. The Ice-Bound Treasure. 1961. Minneapolis: T.S. Denison, 1968.

Andrew, Margaret. Mac the Macaroni: The Penguin Who Liked to Dance. London: Macdonald, 1988.

---. Flight to Antarctica. Cambridge: Burlington, 1985.

Appleton II, Victor. Tom Swift and his Atomic Earth Blaster. New York: Grosset and Dunlop, 1954.

Armstrong, Jennifer. Shipwreck At the Bottom of the World. New York: Crown, 1998
[Retells the story of Shackelton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition after the loss of the Endurance.]

Armstrong, Richard. The Secret Sea. New York: David McKay, 1966.

Atwater, Richard, and Florence Atwater. Mr Popper's Penguins. 1938. New York: Dell, 1978.

Bagshawe, Thomas Wyatt. Pompey was a Penguin. London: Oxford UP, 1940.
[Realistic story about the life of a penguin. Illustrated by Joan Kidell-Monroe.]

Bailey, Ella. One Day on Our Blue Planet...in the Antarctic. London: Flying Eye Books, 2016.

Bammam, Henry, and Robert Whitehead. Flight to the South Pole. Chicago: Benefic, 1965.

Banks, David. Iceberg. London: Doctor Who, 1993.

Barrett, Michael. Antarctic Secret. New York, Roy, 1965.

Beck, Christopher. The People of the Chasm. London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1923.

Benson, Patrick. Little Penguin. New York: Philomel Books, 1991. 

Binder, Otto, Curt Swan, and Ray Burnley. "The Super-Brain of Jimmy Olsen." Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #22. New York: DC Comics, 1957.

Blackadder, Jesse. Stay, the Last Dog in Antarctica. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2013.

Bledsoe, Lucy. The Antarctic Scoop. New York: Holiday House 2003.

Bonehill, Ralph. Lost in the Land of Ice. New York: Grossett & Dunlap, [c. 1900].

Brenner, Barbara. Walt Disney's The Penguin that Hated the Cold. New York: Random House, 1973.

Brears, Shirley. Eriksson and the Mysterious Alca Impennis. Wellington: National Pacific Press, 2006.

Brown, Benjamin and Helen J Taylor. The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly. 1993. Christchurch: Visitor Centre, International Antarctic Centre, 1999.

Brunner, Hans. Survivors! 1987. London: MacMillan Children's, 1989.

Burleigh, Robert. Black Whiteness. New York: Atheneum, 1998.
[Retells the story of Admiral Byrd 1934 winter in Antarctica, supplemented by Byrd's first hand accounts of survival.]

Byrne, John. "He Only Laughs When I Hurt." Superman: The Perfidious Perils of the Pusillanimous Prankster! #16. New York: DC Comics, 1988.

Clark, Captain Charles. An Antarctic Queen. London: Frederick Warne, c. 1902.

Colson, Hal, and Colin Farrell. Jack Swift and His Rocket Ship. Racine. WI: Whitman, 1934.

Cowley, Joy, and Gavin Bishop. Pip the Penguin. Auckland: Scholastic, 2001.

Dabb, Andrew, and Mike O'Sullivan. G.I. Joe Special Missions: Antarctica. Los Angeles, Chicago: Devil's Due, 2006.

Davis, Gerry. Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet. London: W.H. Allen, 1985.

Davis, Paxton. A Flag at the Pole. New York: Atheneum, 1976.
[A novel written in three parts: Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen give their accounts of the race to the pole.]

Dee, Sheryn. Tarin of the Ice. Melbourne: Nelson Publishers/Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1987.

Dixon, Franklin W. Lost at the South Pole or Ted Scott in Blizzard Land. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1930.

Drury, Catherine. Ivan's Appeal. Peterborough: Stamford House, 2007.
[Moral eco-tale about a family who travel to Antarctica and meet Ivan, a melting iceberg, and endeavour to help him by spreading environmental messages about Antarctica and climate change to students back home in England.]

Duquennoy, Jacques, and Georgie Adams. Two Little Penguins called Flapjack and Waddle. London: Orion Children's Books, 1994.

Duff, Douglas V. Treasure of the Antarctic. London: Blackie and Son, 1940.

Eaton, Anthony. Into White Silence. North Sydney: Woolshed Press, 2008.
[Written as a result of Eaton's visit to Antarctica in December 2005 as part of the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.]

Edwards, Hazel. Antarctica's Frozen Chosen. Sydney: Hachette, 2012.
[The author began writing the novel while she was visiting Antarctica in 2001.]

Evans, Edward R.G.R. The Mystery of "The Polar Star". London: Partridge, 1927.
[Evans was Robert Falcon Scott's second-in-command.]

F to L

Fatio, Louise. Hector and Christina. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977.

---. Hector Penguin. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973.

Faulkner, Keith and Jonathan Lambert. The Puzzled Penguin. 1998. Sydney: Koala, 1999.
[The penguin in this pop-up book wanders about the Arctic ice, meeting polar bears and walruses en route. Perhaps this is why it is puzzled?]

Finnigan, Mathew, et al. Something About this Place. Christchurch: St Bede's College, 2004.
[The authors were four students who in 2002 were recipients of Antarctica New Zealand's Secondary Schools Education in Antarctica Initiative.]

Freeman, Don. Penguin, of All People. New York: Viking, 1971.

Geraghty, Paul. Solo. 1995. London: Random House, 1998.

Glimmerveen, Ulco. A Tale of Antarctica. Auckland: Ashton Scholastic, 1990.

Gliori, Debi. Dragon loves Penguin. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. 

Grace, Tom. Twisted Web. New York: Pocket, 2003.

Grindley, Sally, and Alex Paterson. Playful Penguins! London: Orchard, 2011.

Grochowicz, Joanna. Into the White: Scott's Antarctic Odyssey. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2017. 

Heidenreich, Elke. Some People Think the South Pole's Hot: The Three tenors Play the Antarctic. New Hampshire: David R. Godine, 2001.
[Story written in rhyming couplets.]

Helget, Nicole. Wonder at the Edge of the World. Boston: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. 

Hite, Kenneth. The Antarctic Express. USA: Trident Inc (for Atlas Games), 2009.
[Retells H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, with allusion also to Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express.]

Hodder-Williams, John E. [1913?] Like English Gentlemen. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1915.
[Originally published anonymously c.1913, this book was created to raise funds for the provision of Peter Scott and the other relatives and dependants of Captain Scott and his comrades. Although this book has been attributed to J.M. Barrie, Scott Polar Research Institute identifies the author as John Ernest Hodder-Williams. Also published Auckland: Whitcomb and Tombs, [c.1935].]

Holland, Joyce. Bessie, the Messy Penguin. Minneapolis: T.S. Denison, 1967.

Holt, Sharon. No Survivors: The Diary of Jackie Simms, Hamilton, 1979. Auckland: Scholastic, 2009.

Hooper, Meredith. The Pole-Seekers. London: Hodder Children's, 2000.

---. Tom Crean's Rabbit. London: Francis Lincoln, 1998.
[Based on the adventures of a sea-faring rabbit owned by Tom Crean, a member of Scott's Terra Nova Expedition.]

Hopper, Meredith, and Emma Quay. Emily and Alfie. Sydney: Hachette Australia Children's Books, 2007. 

Johns, Captain William Earl. Biggles Breaks the Silence. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1949.
[Republished in 1970 as Biggles in the Antarctic. A more recent edition was published by Severn House in Sutton (Surry) in 1995. Biggles also goes south, but only as far as Kerguelen Island, in Biggles' Second Case (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1948).]

Johnson, Seddon. South Pole Sabotage. Toronto: Bantam, 1989.
[This is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book.]

Kingston, William H.G. At the South Pole; or, the Adventures of Richard Pengelly, Mariner. London, New York: Cassell, Setter and Galpin, 1870.

Knox, David. Antarcticaid. North Blackburn, Victoria: Collins Dove, 1993.
[This is a play for children.]

Lawton, Captain Wilbur [John Henry Goldfrap]. The Boy Aviators' Polar Dash or Facing Death in the Antarctic. New York: Hurst, 1910.

Lawrence, Iain. The Winter Pony. New York: Random House Children's Books, 2012.

L'Engle, Madeleine. Troubling a Star. New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1994.

Lenthall, Patricia Riley. Carlotta and the Scientist. Chapel Hill: Lollipop Power, 1973.

Lerangis, Peter. Antarctica: Escape From Disaster. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

---. Antarctica: Journey to the Pole. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

Lester, Alison. Sophie Scott Goes South. Melbourne: Penguin, 2012.
[Lester travelled to Antarctica as an Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellow.]

Longo, Jennifer. Up to this Pointe. New York: Random House Children's Books, 2016.

M to Q

Mackie, John. The Great Antarctic: A Record of Strange Adventures. London: Jarrold and Sons, [c.1913].

Mahy, Margaret. The Riddle of the Frozen Phantom. London: HarperCollins, 2001.

Marriott, Janice. Thor's Tale: Endurance and Adventure in the Southern Ocean. Auckland: HarperCollins, 2006.

Marshall, James Vance. My Boy John That Went To Sea. Great Neck, NY: Morrow, 1967.

Masters, Anthony. White Out. Toronto: Bantam, 1994.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. The White Darkness. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005.

McCurdy, Michael. Trapped By the Ice!: Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure. New York: Walker, 1997.

Miller, George, with Kathryn Otoshi. Happy Feet: The Movie Storybook. New York: Price Stern Sloan, 2006; Rowville, Victoria: Funtastic, 2006.
[This is one of the many published tie-ins to the animated feature film Happy Feet.]

Moench, Doug. Batman: Antarctic Nightmare. New York: DC Comics, 1984.

Muffatti, Steve. "At the South Pole." Casper the Friendly Ghost #8. New York: Harvey Comics, 1953.

Nicholson, Joyce. Yap the Penguin. Sydney: Lansdowne, 1967.

Payne, G. Warren. Three Boys in Antarctica. London: Charles H. Kelly, 1912.

Pfister, Marcus. Penguin Pete's New Friends. Trans. Andrea Bell. Gossau Zurich: Nord-Sud, 1997.

Phillips, K. The Adventures of Salik the Husky. Canberra: Curriculum Development Centre, 1986.

R to Z

Rutley, C. Bernard. The Cave of Winds. London: Frederick Warne, 1947.

Scholes, Katherine. The Blue Chameleon. Melbourne: Hill of Content, 1989.

Scott, Peter, and Paul Walkden (ed.). Peter Scott: Collected Writings, 1933-1989. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, 2016. 

Sharp, Margery. Miss Bianca in the Antarctic. Boston: Little, Brown, 1971.

Sierra, Judy, et al. Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1998.

Snell, Roy J. The Strangeland Bird Life: The Book of Antarctic Birds. Chicago: Just Right, Alan Whitman, c1924.

Southall, Ivan. Simon Black in the Antarctic. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1956.

Spinelli, Eileen. Something to Tell the Grandcows. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdman, 2004.

Stables, Gordon. In the Great White Land: A Tale of the Antarctic Ocean. London: Blackie and Sons, 1903.

---. Frank Hardinge: From Torrid Zones to Regions of Perpetual Snow. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1898. 

Stine, R. L. Goosebumps #47: The Legend of the Lost Legend. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Strong, Charles. South Pole Husky. New York: Longmans, Green, 1950.

---. We Were There With Byrd At the South Pole. New York, Grosset and Dunlap, 1956.

Sturman, Jennifer. And Then Everything Unraveled. New York: Scholastic, 2009. 

Surrey, Lionel. Polar Peril. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1938.

Takamado, Princess Hisako, and Warabé Aska. Lulie the Iceberg. New York: Kodansha International, 2015.

Thomson, Kenneth Graham. People of the South Pole. London: Lutterworth, 1941.

Tulloch, Coral. Sydney of the Antarctic. Sydney: ABC, 2007.
[Tulloch has travelled to Antarctica several times, both as a recipient of an arts fellowship, and on tourist expeditions. This story of Sydney the mouse, who is left behind in Antarctica is "based on a true story"?!]

Villiers, Alan J. Whalers of the Midnight Sun: A Story of Modern Whaling in the Antarctic. London: Geoffrey Bless, 1934. [Republished Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1949. This book won the Australian Book Council's Children's Book of the Year in 1950.]

Walton, Bryce. Harpoon Gunner. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1968.

Weare, Tim. I'm a Little Penguin. London: Buster, 2002.
[The eponymous penguin is in fact a finger puppet, packaged within the pages of the book.]

Westerman, J. F. C. The Antarctic Treasure. London: Oxford UP, 1929.

Weiss, Leatie. Funny Feet. New York: Franklin Watts, 1978.

White, Andrea. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. New York: Eos, 2005.
[Five teenagers struggle to survive in Antarctica as part of a reality tv series.]

Wiggins, Arch, R. Knights of the Blizzard. London: Salvationist, 1949.

Wilson, Mark. Migaloo, The White Whale. Sydney: Hachette Australia, 2015. 

Winteringham, Victoria. Penguin Day. New York: Harper & Row, 1982. 

Wollheim, Donald, A. Mike Mars, South Pole Spaceman. 1962. New York: Paperback Library, 1966.

Wood, Audrey. Little Penguin's Tale. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1989.

Wright, Jack. Scout Patrol Boys in the Frozen South. New York: World Syndicate, 1933.

Yaxley, Melissa and Christine Forsyth. Rocky the Rockhopper Penguin. Canberra: Curriculum Development Centre, 1986.

Yoon, Salina. Penguin on Vacation. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

---. Penguin and Pumpkin. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. 

Zalben, Jane Breskin. Penny and the Captain. Cleveland: William Collins, 1978.

Zucker, Jonny. Sub Zero (Max Flash Mission 5). London: Stripes, 2009.