The Polar Bear Explorers Club

Due to juggling Real Life stuff (see post below) I seem to have neglected to update my website with some really exciting new book news. I’ve written a middle-grade fantasy novel called The Polar Bear Explorers Club, which has been acquired by Faber in a three book deal. Hurrah! The first one will be published in the UK in November next year and I absolutely can’t wait as this is a book I just loved writing. More details on my agent’s site here.

The Polar Bear Explorers Club

Stella Starflake Pearl lives with her explorer father, Felix, alongside her pet polar bear, Gruff, a menagerie of pygmy dinosaurs and her trusty unicorn, Magic. Ever since Stella was a small child, Felix has gone away on expeditions to faraway lands, and returned with fascinating curiosities and incredible tales. Stella has always enjoyed his stories, but now she’s ready to start having a few adventures of her own.

She finally convinces Felix to take her with him on his next journey, and the expedition duly embarks with its supplies of wolves, sleds, unicorns, iced gems and expedition-strength moustache wax. But once their ship
reaches the snowy Icelands, Stella and the other three junior explorers find themselves separated from the rest of their expedition.

Setting out together into the frozen unknown, they must keep all their wits about them if they are to come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, carnivorous cabbages – and live to tell the tale.

4 Responses to “The Polar Bear Explorers Club”

  1. Mr W Says:

    Hi Alex

    Just wanted to say what a fantastic book! My Year 4 class are absolutely obsessed with it and ask for it every day! Never known a class to be so into a book before so thank you for getting my children so excited about reading! Children of all abilities are so engaged and have loved speculating on what will happen next and talking about who their favourite character is. Really hoping there’s going to be a sequel!



  2. Alex Bell Says:

    Hi Josh,

    Thank you so much for your comments about Polar Bears – you’ve made my day! I’m delighted that the children have been enjoying it and, yes, there is going to be a sequel. It’s called Explorers on Witch Mountain and it’s due for publication this November.

  3. Fiona Says:

    Just wanted to say my boys (6 & 10) are waiting impatiently for the second in this series to be published! I read The Polar Bear Explorers Club to them before bed each night and they’ve loved it. It really caught their imaginations.
    You have two big kiwi fans in the Southern Hemisphere 😉

  4. Alex Bell Says:

    Thank you very much, Fiona. It’s nice to hear that the Polar Bear Explorers Club is recruiting new explorers in the Southern Hemisphere. You can be assured that it isn’t long for your two junior explorers to wait, book two is due to be published in November.

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