Author(s): Margaret Mahy (illus Chris Mould)
"I've lost my pendant and I've lost my memory," the captain said to himself. "Something terrible must have happened. I must remember. It really is a riddle!" When Sophie Sapwood discovers a whalebone pendant hidden in a chest of drawers, the ghost of Captain Cathcardo awakens from an ancient sleep, trapped in the frozen wastes on his ship,'The Riddle'. His cries for "Help" travel through the stratosphere to three different sets of ears - Sophie's famous explorer father Bonniface Sapwwod, renowned naturalist Corona Wottley and oily villain Rancid Swarthy. All three parties immediately organise trips to the Antarctic - each with the same goal, yet very different intentions! First published 2001.
Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Junior Fiction 2002.
Margaret Mahy was born in New Zealand and has loved telling stories all her life. She has published well over a hundred titles and won several major prizes and awards, including The Order of New Zealand, for her internationally-acclaimed contribution to children's literature. She has twice won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, (The Haunting, 1982, and The Changeover, 1984). Margaret lives in the South Island of New Zealand, in a house which she partially built herself, overlooking Governor's Bay.