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  • Published: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143786337
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 36
  • RRP: $16.99

Sophie Scott Goes South


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An adventure-filled picture book for younger readers based on best-selling and much-loved author Alison Lester's real experiences aboard an Antarctic expedition ship.

I'm going to Antarctica and I can't wait!

Sophie Scott is only nine years old, but she's going to Antarctica on an icebreaker with her dad, the ship's captain. During the voyage to Mawson Station and back, Sophie keeps a diary. She sees icebergs, penguins, seals and whales. She makes new friends, experiences the southern lights and even becomes stranded in a blizzard!

Children's Laureate and much-loved picture-book creator Alison Lester travelled to Antarctica as an Antarctic Arts Fellow. Her alter ego, Sophie Scott, goes on the same adventure in a friendly, informative and beautifully presented book that sees the wonder of Antarctica through a child's eyes.

  • Pub date: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143786337
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 36
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Alison Lester

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.

In a career spanning decades, Alison Lester has written many books, and won numerous prestigious awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award for her much-loved classic Are We There Yet? and the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island. Her picture books include Kissed by the Moon, Running with the Horses, Sophie Scott Goes South and My Dog Bigsy – to name just a few. Alison Lester became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate in 2012, a position shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, Alison was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book writer to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. She spends part of each year travelling to schools around Australia, helping students and teachers develop their own stories.

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Awards & Recognition

  • WA Premier's Book Awards

    Shortlisted • 2012 • Children's Books

  • APA Book Design Awards

    Winner • 2013 • Best Designed Children's Nonfiction

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Honour Award • 2013 • Picture Book

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

    Winner • 2013 • Lower Primary

  • Australian Book Industry Awards

    Shortlisted • 2013 • Book of the Year for Younger Children

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2013 • Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • IYL - White Ravens (Germany)

    On selection list • 2013 • A White Raven book

  • US Board on Books for Young People

    On selection list • 2014 • Children's Book

  • Melbourne Prize for Literature

    Winner • 2018 • Alison Lester


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