The Polar Bear Explorers' Club
It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer - tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk - but Stella really, really didn't want that to happen, just the same.Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . .When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?

The Polar Bear Explorers' Club Details

TitleThe Polar Bear Explorers' Club
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherFaber & Faber
ISBN-139780571332557
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Adventure, Fiction

The Polar Bear Explorers' Club Review

  • Jade Ratley
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 adorable story, full of morals children must learn, and I do think it’s a must read for them. Friendship, adventure, family and savage cabbages, what’s not to love?!
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  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. The main section of the novel reminded me very much of the Indiana Jones films, with lots of fantasy creatures popping up unexpectedly, collapsing bridges, subterranean caves and tunnels and a myriad mythological beasts and creatures. The characters are developed beautifully and it is a lovely study of relationship development between the four main protagonists. Another plus are the illustrations. The black and white sketches resemble those that may well have been drawn by 19th century explorers. I found that there were just the right amount - enough to aid a young imagination but not too many that they deprived the imagination of the fun of visualising it’s own story images. A really good story and one that will hopefully have a sequel.
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  • Christina Worrall
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 was putting it in there because she could. Bell also seems to be including everything that she thinks is popular right now, first a set of explorers clubs, then fairies, then miniature penguins- which all fit in with the plot - but the Pygmy dinosaurs really did not seem to make any sense, and made the opening chapter feel very heavy and full. This book just feels very formulaic and full of worn our tropes - not a fan!
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  • Sam (she_who_reads_)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 it! READ THIS BOOK!
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  • Fenja
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 recommend it to everyone who loves friendship and a good adventure! 5 Stars! Obviously. Can't wait to read the Second book!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 from being explorers, but Felix puts his honour, and his role in the club on the line and Stella soon finds herself part of this club, along with her friend Beanie, and Shay, a mysterious wolf whisperer.The Polar Bear Explorer's Club embark on a mission to find the coldest part of the Icelands, but this isn’t a solo mission and the Ocean Squid Explorers Club is accompanying them, and that’s how they meet Ethan, an arrogant, selfish boy who dislikes Stella, Beanie, and Shay. But unexpected circumstances involving hastily purchased wolves, a herd of woolly mammoths, and a broken ice bridge, finds this young group of explorers alone in the Icelands, trying to find a way to the coldest part in one piece.The Polar Bear Explorer's Club was just the book I needed to read. As soon as I began reading I didn't stop, I love the relationship Stella and Felix have.  I love how Stella isn’t afraid to push the boundaries, and how Felix doesn’t hold her back but encourages her. I love the magical aspect to it, who wouldn’t want a pet Unicorn, or a Pygmy Dragon, or a Polar Bear (minus the potential squashing), or even mini Penguins in a mini igloo. Even the meaner side of the magical creatures make an impact, Yetis and the Frosties.The Polar Bear Explorer's Club is the perfect book for an adventure seeking child...or adult. I love how the plot was easy to follow, but kept you wanting to know more. As the story progresses some secrets and pasts are revealed (one I did guess) but seeing what comes from those revelations made up for the sad parts.I am honestly struggling to write this review, because I have so many reasons for you to read this book, I'm worried that all my reasons will spoil a lot of what happens within the pages. I just know that as soon as I finished reading The Polar Bear Explorer's Club I needed to know there would be another in this series, and that I need it in my hands right now please. I'm really looking forward to getting a copy of this for my niece. Final Verdict Buy this book
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  • Sarah Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    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!!!
  • Rikke
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 – about adventures, magnificent quests and the joy of discovering something new.So, so, so lovely and fun. And absolutely recommendable.
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  • Ophelia
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Dreximgirl
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Bex
    January 1, 1970
    ‘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 ‘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 women but once her father hears from an Aunt how women are expected to be he put some his foot down, flashes his cash and she is off the icelands. Separated from the expedition a group of wannabe child age explorers set off to meet up with the expedition along the way they meet hiding criminals, vicious fairies and carnivorous cabbages! Alls well that ends well, featuring clear messages about unity and trust as well as some important ways to live I thought this was a great winter read. I hope we see more of our intrepid explorers, hopefully meeting up with flying carpets and desert scorpions in a future tale. After all why else would Rooks magic malfunction in such a way?
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  • Katy Noyes
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 few obvious plot developments that see the children having to call upon their own strengths and form alliances, they get to become true explorers and meet creatures nobody has ever seen before. Some benign, some deadly...A great set of characters in Stella and her comrades, with a fab set of skills between them (including magic!) and the story moves quickly from one escapade to the next, returning to the heart of Stella and her story with a rather dark heart in which all the characters get a chance to grow. I was reminded of Phileas Fogg and his world in this, the world of the 'gentleman traveller'. Each of the several groups of explorers, of which the Polar Bears' is just one, each have different rules, priorities and specialties. All seem obsessed with moustaches though, amusingly. And the end of the book gives us a glimpse of the rules of each exploring club, which are hilarious. Excellent addition.Really enjoyable, it's a joyous and thrilling adventure, with echoes of a certain Hans Christian Andersen story and sets itself up for a whole series of adventures in new contexts. I hope this gets picked up as a potential film, it has some wonderfully strong characters, features friendship and teamwork and has a lot of heart that would transfer superbly to a children's film.One for ages 9-13.
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  • Chrissi
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 they are separated from their parents. It’s such a fun read. I couldn’t help turning the pages. I practically binge read this book, completely captivated by the story.The main characters Stella, Shay, Beanie and Ethan were so well written. I immediately liked them, especially Stella. What a wonderful protagonist! I loved how she was such a strong female character. We need more of those in middle grade literature. I also appreciated how she was allowed to go on the adventure after it being notoriously males only. Her relationship with Felix (who she saw as a father) was heart-warming. I absolutely adored the character of Beanie. Such a sweet character that took everything literally. It reminded me of a few children that I teach!Talking about teaching, I think this book would be perfect for Key Stage 2 children. There’s so much to get stuck into. I loved how descriptive the story was. This book really is jam packed with content. It’s both fairy tale-esque and adventurous. There are penguins, pygmy dinosaurs, cabbages…and more. I think Alex Bell has created such a wonderful world that I can see developing well as a the series continues (I assume it’s a series!)
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  • Layla
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 aside to protect each other. This book was SO MUCH FUN! The first page starts with mention of unicorns, so I was already pretty sold, but a few chapters in we get miniature dinosaurs, fairies, and a tiny igloo full of penguins! The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club is a fun-filled adventure book with some mystery thrown in – Stella has never met her real parents, and was instead found in the snow by Felix, who she considers her real dad. There is always a mystery surrounding Stella, with her creepy nightmare and snow white skin and hair. It’s always great to have something strange focused around a main character – it makes me want to know what’s going on!Alex Bell has created a really good cast of characters; Shay is kind and very much the protector of the group, Ethan is a selfish, stubborn kid with a sad past, and Beanie is good with facts and is quite an eccentric character. These are a great cast and I can’t wait to see more from this world and what adventures they get up to!Final thought: A frosty adventure with plenty of heart! 4/5
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  • Kate (infinitelynovel)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 to be," is the underlying message throughout the narrative. The Polar Bear Explorers' Club is a wonderful, vastly imaginative novel I'll be recommending for a long time to come.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    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 :)
  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Exceptional. Friendship, equality, fun and gorgeous Felix. That last page though... What is that???!
  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    A fun and whimsical story.
  • Stephen Connor
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 exploring theme has strong links. I think I realising fantasy is not my genre, and as such I found it difficult to get excited about chapters about frosties, carnivorous cabbages or giant yetis. There are some really well-written descriptive elements here though, and the relationship between the four children grows brilliantly.
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  • Laura Noakes
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a hilarious romp through a magical world that was full of imagination.Our main character, Stella, was delightfully sassy, brave and determined. AKA, every thing I love in a heroine.I really, really enjoyed the magical elements–they were funny, original, and I’ll never look at a cabbage the same way again.I LOVED the world that this was set in–it was quirky and fabulous, and I want a pet dinosaur/baby polar bear.I want to be a member of the Polar Bear Explorers’ Club.This book in on This book was a hilarious romp through a magical world that was full of imagination.Our main character, Stella, was delightfully sassy, brave and determined. AKA, every thing I love in a heroine.I really, really enjoyed the magical elements–they were funny, original, and I’ll never look at a cabbage the same way again.I LOVED the world that this was set in–it was quirky and fabulous, and I want a pet dinosaur/baby polar bear.I want to be a member of the Polar Bear Explorers’ Club.This book in one word: fun. It’s fast-paced, witty and full of adventure. I sped through the pages, anxious to see where Stella and her friends ended up. I loved the friendships that developed, the commitment and the sheer joy that Alex Bell infused into this world. I am very excited that it’s getting a sequel!
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  • Beatrice
    January 1, 1970
    Literally the best book I have ever read. I’m a bit of a sucker for sweet moments, and this book is full of them. Although it may seem a bit typical, it puts a unique twist on a whole host of beautiful messages. It also has lots of easy to love characters like: snarky Ethan, total sweetie Beanie, main character (and awesome human) Stella and, of course, Felix, father of the year, decade, century etc. As well as this, the plot is not overly complicated, and has a sweet, charming simplicity that m Literally the best book I have ever read. I’m a bit of a sucker for sweet moments, and this book is full of them. Although it may seem a bit typical, it puts a unique twist on a whole host of beautiful messages. It also has lots of easy to love characters like: snarky Ethan, total sweetie Beanie, main character (and awesome human) Stella and, of course, Felix, father of the year, decade, century etc. As well as this, the plot is not overly complicated, and has a sweet, charming simplicity that makes you fall in love on the first page.It really bothers me how few people know this book and I hope it becomes more of a household name.(Go Felix)
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  • G Beulah
    January 1, 1970
    I can see myself using this a recommendation for girls who enjoy the traditional "girly" tropes (unicorns, princesses etc.) but are looking something a bit more exciting! The characters espouse values of friendship, teamwork and understanding and show good growth throughout the book. I'm not a fan of fantasy myself, but always admired girls with gumption (Judy Moody, Tilly Beany and (my favourite) Dick King Smith's Sophie) in the the books I loved growing up and think that Stella could be this k I can see myself using this a recommendation for girls who enjoy the traditional "girly" tropes (unicorns, princesses etc.) but are looking something a bit more exciting! The characters espouse values of friendship, teamwork and understanding and show good growth throughout the book. I'm not a fan of fantasy myself, but always admired girls with gumption (Judy Moody, Tilly Beany and (my favourite) Dick King Smith's Sophie) in the the books I loved growing up and think that Stella could be this kind of figure for a girl today!
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  • Charlotte Holmans
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Leo Wilkin
    January 1, 1970
    The first but definitely not the last. The Polar bear Explorers club brings joy into the bottom contour heart with a amazing story of courage and determination! Overall, a brilliant book!
  • Amanda Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! My 9 year old also loves it can’t wait to read the next one! Thanks OwlCrate Jr for introducing us.
  • Shannon ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Dnf @ 50% it’s not bad I’m just not interested
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    “What does it cost us to be kind?”These are Felix’s words to his adopted daughter. He found her in the Icelands. She has white hair, pale skin and ice-chip blue eyes. Her pet is a Polar bear, she rides unicorns and has powerful nightmares linked to her past.Felix is an explorer; he is a Fairyologist. The Fairies chose the names for Felix’s daughter and named her Stella Starflake Pearl. Stella aspires to be an explorer like Felix, and with the threat of Aunt Agatha (hairy nostrils) sending her to “What does it cost us to be kind?”These are Felix’s words to his adopted daughter. He found her in the Icelands. She has white hair, pale skin and ice-chip blue eyes. Her pet is a Polar bear, she rides unicorns and has powerful nightmares linked to her past.Felix is an explorer; he is a Fairyologist. The Fairies chose the names for Felix’s daughter and named her Stella Starflake Pearl. Stella aspires to be an explorer like Felix, and with the threat of Aunt Agatha (hairy nostrils) sending her to a Finishing School for Young Ladies, Felix relents and allows her to accompany him on the next expedition to the Icelands. Not quite that straightforward, as the President of the Polar Bear Explorers’ Club needs to be convinced too!So at first, it might seem a bit of a magical, fantasy story where everyone lives happily ever after. So what else does this story bring?The expedition sets off and brings together four young explorers: Stella, Beanie, Shay and Ethan. Beanie is of Elf heritage and has healing magical powers. Shay is a wolf whisperer, Ethan is a member of The Ocean Squid Explorers’ Club and is a magician, although you might say he is still practising as not all his spells work out the way he intends. As for Stella, we only find out her special power later on in the story, and there is an element of danger contained within it. These four explorers are thrown together and end up without adults on the adventure; this was kind of obviously going to happen. Ethan thinks he is superior to the others and is quite obnoxious, so naturally Stella is going to dislike him, and the antagonism between the pair of them has to be resolved.“What does it cost us to be kind?”As the adventure progresses, the group all find they need each other at different times and, for the greater good, they set aside their differences, and pull together for survival becoming great friends. “The cabbages are following us!”They meet many characters on their expedition, from The Frosties, to the Outlaws, and the Carnivorous Cabbages, but the Disney Princess moment occurs when they reach the Ice Palace and we learn about Stella’s true heritage. However, is her power a good thing? Stella has to decide when, if and how much of her power to use and which path to take.If magical powers and fantasy creatures are your thing, this book will delight. If adventure is your thing, then there are enough baddies to escape from. If you enjoy descriptive passages, then look no further than page 104:“The entire ship sparkled in a glittering coat of frost, and it seemed like there were ten times as many stars as normal- hundreds of tiny little pinpricks of cold, white light, as if someone had scattered a great sack of glitter across the dark night sky.”Seek out your own adventures in life, explore for the thrill of it, and be kind; you do not know what hardships and sorrows others are dealing with.And don’t forget that unicorns eat Iced Gems!Written for my readers at an 11-16 secondary school.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    CharactersThere are four main characters:Stella: I loved Stella! I loved that she looked different, I loved how secure she was with her family, I loved her imagination and her way of looking at life with wonder. I loved her kindness to the animals, although I felt that they could've meant more to her, been made more of a deeper part of the story and her world. I loved how she stood up for Beanie, how she took the time to understand him, how she stood by him.Shay: Shay was my favourite! I hope we CharactersThere are four main characters:Stella: I loved Stella! I loved that she looked different, I loved how secure she was with her family, I loved her imagination and her way of looking at life with wonder. I loved her kindness to the animals, although I felt that they could've meant more to her, been made more of a deeper part of the story and her world. I loved how she stood up for Beanie, how she took the time to understand him, how she stood by him.Shay: Shay was my favourite! I hope we get to see more of him in future books. His character felt much more developed. He also felt older although it doesn't say if he actually was. I loved his passion for the wolves, and how he defended and protected any wolf, even ones he didn't really know. I like how fast he formed a friendship with Stella, and I liked that he seemed like one of those people who instantly liked you to the point of defending you ferociously. Like he measured people's characters carefully and Stella was someone really awesome in his eyes, who he wanted to keep in his life. It might have been because she helped him with his wolves though! I liked how much he knew about his role in the Club and how much authority he had within that knowledge. He was really sure and confident in using it, without being bigheaded and unbearable.Beanie: I loved Beanie, and I could identify with him a lot. I loved his sorting thing. I love that he was so academic and that academia and facts were what got him through his anxiety. Ethan: I both liked and disliked Ethan. He was stuck up and mean and a bit of a bully. He was a bit wrapped up in himself and didn't think of anyone else. But at times he was kind.WorldbuildingThe worldbuilding was amazing!4 out of 5 fishy marshmallows
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