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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.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 29, 2017

    Picture Puffin (AU YR)

    36 pages

    RRP $16.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
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Awards and Recognition

  • WA Premier's Book Awards
    Children's Books
  • APA Book Design Awards
    Best Designed Children's Nonfiction
  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
    Lower Primary
  • US Board on Books for Young People
    On selection list
    Children's Book

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Kissed by the Moon
Are We There Yet?
My Dog Bigsy
Are We There Yet? Lift the flap and play I-spy!
Our Island
Are We There Yet? Gift set
One Small Island
Running With the Horses
I'm Green and I'm Grumpy!
Who's that Knocking?


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