Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 5, 2008

White Darkness

Filed under: WHITE DARKNESS — katefrazer @ 11:45 pm

I read White Darkness this weekend, and I really enjoyed it.  I found Sym to be a pretty unique character.  She is so shy and almost afraid of interacting with people, yet she is exstatic at the opportunity to travel to Antartica.  I think there are many kids who aren’t as social as some of their peers that could relate to Sym and respect all of the brave and intelligent aspects of her character. 

I was almost immediately leary of Uncle Victor.  There just seemed to be something off about him, and I really wanted to read more and more to see if my distrust of him was justified.  The presence of Sym’s love, the ghost of Titus Oates, was also quite intriguing.  Figuring out just how he fits into Sym’s own personality was pretty thought provoking and could be a great source of discussion. 

I also think that the fact that this book won the Printz award deserves some serious discussion.  While I thought this was a really good book, I’m still thinking about what set if apart as the best for those who gave it the award. Kate



  1. What sets WD apart? Kate, you are asking the question many readers, readers who read hundreds of YA titles a year, are asking. I look forward to your lit circle’s taking up this question. Do you think you have a reader for WHITE DARKNESS? KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 6, 2008 @ 1:25 am

  2. I’m looking forward to the discussion on this topic as well. I will definitely be able to find some readers for White Darkness!

    Comment by katefrazer — February 7, 2008 @ 2:20 am

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