Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Book Review & Giveaway: My Polar Dream (Non Fiction)

Title: My Polar Dream
Author: Jade Hameister
Publisher: Macmillan Australia
Publication date: 11th September 2018
Pages: 240
RRP: 29.99
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of publisher

Fourteen-year-old Jade Hameister had a dream: to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

In 2016, she skied to the North Pole.
In 2017, she completed the Greenland Crossing.
In 2018, she arrived at the South Pole.

This is the story of an adventurer who never gave up - who set herself incredible challenges beyond her years and experience. An adventurer who endured extremes of cold and blizzards; tackled treacherous terrain where one wrong step could be fatal; struggled through sastrugi, ice rubble and emotional lows to achieve an extraordinary goal.

Along the way, she made a sandwich for online trolls, inspired young people, and made international headlines.

At sixteen, Jade Hameister became the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

Jade Hameister is the youngest person to complete the Polar hat-trick – skiing to the North Pole, crossing Greenland coast to coast and skiing from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

From an early age, adventure was just a regular part of family life for jade, climbing Mt Kosciuszko at age 6 and climbing to Everest Base Camp with her family at age 12. These trips instilled a sense of adventure in Jade and she had dreams of bigger and better conquests. With the support of her parents her Polar hat-trick dream evolved.

Life wasn’t all winning, as Jade tells how she missed out on School Captain. She didn’t take this as a failure but as a spur to keep striving.

Jade is honest in her account. The training was gruelling and makes you physically fit for the trip but the mental hardships were problems that could only be faced on the trip.

It’s who you become from pushing through the pain and suffering and achieving your goal. Back spasms, blisters on feet, and sunburn made the trek difficult enough but add nose bleeds and light headedness, not many people would push on under these conditions.

“The suffering wasn’t something to avoid, but to relish as an opportunity to reinvent ourselves.”

The story includes facts about the North Pole, Greenland, the South Pole and how we can help to save our planet.
Jade is a tireless advocate of climate change and she is passionate about empowering women.

Jade talks about personal issues, such as toileting with no privacy and in temperatures down to -50°C, with a sense of self mocking fun. The tears, anger and arguments with her father as they lived in close quarters for days on end and how she dealt with the internet trolls are also included.

 “It’s so easy nowadays to get sucked into distractions like our phones and miss what is really going on around us and in our minds. It was a really good opportunity for me to learn something about myself.”

When you’ve achieved such extraordinary goals and see your dreams become reality can ever live an ‘ordinary’ life again? Does the everyday become mundane? Jade admits not having a new adventure to work towards has left her in a lull, but she is ready to move on. She plans on continuing her efforts to empower young women and inspire young people to choose bravery over perfection and to raise awareness of climate change.
My Polar Dream is a truly inspiring and educational story suitable for all ages.
I can’t wait to see what Jade does next!

Jade Hameister began her Polar Hat Trick quest in April 2016 at the age of 14, when she became the youngest person to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the last degree and was awarded Australian Geographic Society's Young Adventurer of the Year as a result. In June 2017, she became the youngest woman to complete the 550-kilometre crossing of Greenland, the second largest ice cap on the planet.
In January 2018, Jade skied 600 kilometres from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole unsupported and unassisted, after an epic 37-day journey via a new route through the Transantarctic Mountains and up the Kansas Glacier, from the Amundsen Coast.

In finishing this incredible journey, Jade has set a number of world records including:
* The youngest person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to South Pole unsupported and unassisted
* The first Australian woman in history to ski coast to Pole unsupported and unassisted
* The first woman to set a new route to the South Pole
* The youngest to ski to both Poles
* The youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick.
Jade lives in Melbourne and is currently a year 11 student.  Her ultimate goal is space.   

Giveaway: (Australia only)


  1. That's an awesome story of this person.

  2. She is a truly inspirational young lady!

  3. This book sounds really good. Seems like it would be a good read for kids to let them know that they are able to do anything they set their mind to.

  4. Wow! I can't imagine accomplishing all of that at such a young age! That is admirable and I know it wasn't easy.

  5. I cannot imagine the depth of her fortitude.

  6. What an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing this book and giveaway!

  7. i truly love stories like this and am hoping i will win this one :)

  8. I’m not a big fan of non-fiction, but this seems like a good read!

    1. I'm not a big non-fiction reader either but this book really intrigued me.

  9. Wow this is amazing! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention!

    1. Fabulous read for young girls and boys. Lets them know their dreams can become reality with perseverance.

  10. Man, I thought I was doing really well not snoozing my alarm so long I overslept this morning :| hahahahaha. This really sounds like one of those books that makes you take a look at yourself and say "What have you done lately?". I've been a bit obsessed with Antarctica, so those geographical/practical/fun-fact elements are really of interest for me. And I've GOT to know what you meant by making trolls a sandwich - that sounds hilarious! ;)

  11. Wow, I have actually never heard of Jade before, surprising given all she has achieved. She sounds like one amazing, dedicated and focused young lady. Great review.

    1. I hadn't heard of her either that's why I was eager to get the word out.

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    1. Eager to see what Jade does next. I don't think she will stop here.

  13. I heard her being interviewed on the radion on Sunday - what an amazing young girl

    1. I hadn’t heard anything about her previously. I will have to have a look out for some interviews.