Today is International Polar Bear Day which gives me a tenuous link for reviewing this little beauty!
Stella has a good life with her adoptive father, Felix, but she longs to join him on his travels with The Polar Bear Explorers' Club which he is a member of.
Stella had wanted to be an explorer ever since she was old enough to know what the word meant. More specifically, she wanted to be a navigator.
Being a girl, such trips are forbidden until a chance allows her the opportunity to go with him and she is determined to prove herself a worthy member of the club.
However, things do not go according to plan and Stella and three other young members of the expedition get separated from the others. They must cross the frozen wilderness to re-join the rest of the group, overcoming many challenges along the way.
The Polar Bear Explorers' Club is a fantastic read from start to finish. Stella Starflake Pearl is an enchanting character and, with Gruff, the polar bear cub, and Felix, her wonderfully unique adoptive father, she captures interest from the very start of the story. And the book is full of a fabulous cast of characters- Shay, the wolf whisperer with Koa, his shadow wolf; Beanie, painfully shy, wonderfully individual, half-elf healer; and the arrogant, Ethan- each beautifully brought to life.
Rich with imaginative details, 'The Polar Bear Explorer's Club' offers a vividly portrayed world, full of surprises and touches of humour. A very different read to Alex Bell's YA fiction (I'm still haunted by 'Frozen Charlotte'- read our review here ), this shows her ability to write for any age group. Hopefully, this is the first of a series about these characters!
The Polar Bear Explorers' Club Alex Bell
Faber and Faber ISBN: 978-0571332540