'...into the annals of modern polar history strays ather character - part legend, part myth, part fibreglass. She is STAY.' THE AGE Left alone on the streets of Hobart to collect money for the Royal Guide Dogs of tasmania, a Labrador called Girl tries to make the best of it. Her dreams of adventure can never come true though, as she is, after all, made of fibreglass. But then one night some rowdy Antarctic expeditioners walk past her on their way to the docks and before she kws it, Girl has been dognapped, smuggled aboard the Aurora Australis, and is headed for Antarctica with her own Antarctic nickname - Stay. But the southern continent throws up more adventures than Stay could ever have imagined. She's slimed by King Neptune, picked on by the Antarctic huskies, dropped, repaired, hidden, flown, chained up, liberated, befriended, lost and betrayed. Will she ever make it back to Australia with the money she's raised for the Guide Dogs? this is the first book in a new animal series by award-winning author Jesse Blackadder and is based on the true story of Stay, who was smuggled to Antarctica in 1991 and is still having adventures there today. Ages: 9-12 (and anyone who loves Antarctica)
Jesse Blackadder finally had enough of people asking if she was related to Rowan Atkinson. She travelled to Scotland to find the origins of her surname and discovered the ruins of Blackadder House on the banks of the Blackadder River. THE RAVEN'S HEART grew from there. Born in Sydney, Jesse now lives near Byron Bay. She is an award-winning short story writer and freelance journalist, fascinated by landscapes and belonging. Her first novel was AFTER THE PARTY. She is writing her next novel about the first woman to reach Antarctica.