waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday – The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell



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?


  • Frozen Charlotte, Alex Bell’s first YA title, was a thriller which sent shivers down my spine. I still think of those Frozen Charlotte dolls. I hope Alex Bell’s Middle Grade adventure will be as vividly described.


  • Unicorns and frost fairies? Outlaw hideouts? The thing I love best about Andersen’s The Snow Queen is the settings inspired by the four seasons. My favourite is the autumnal robber’s hideout, although I do love the Snow Queen’s palace with its magical mirror. It sounds as though The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club features equally magical settings.


  • September is upon us. I’m looking forward to some Autumn/Winter releases. I loved Winter Magic last year, with its varied depictions of Winter, and I’m ready for more winter magic. Goodbye beach books; hello hot chocolate and magical spells.


  • I want to know the purpose of Stella’s expedition, and whether she and her friends were lead off course. I want to know the stories of all those beings out on the ice, and if/how their stories intersect with Stella’s.


The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell

Faber & Faber

November 2017

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