When Emmeline Widget’s scientist parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself heading for a safe house, where allies have pledged to protect her. But along the way, she is kidnapped by the villainous Doctor Siegfried Bauer, who is bound for the ice fields of Greenland. There he hopes to summon a mystical creature from the depths of the ancient glaciers, a creature said to be so powerful that whoever controls it can control the world. Unfortunately, Bauer isn t the only one determined to unleash the creature. The North Witch has laid claim to the mythical beast, too, and Emmeline along with a scrappy stowaway named Thing may be the only one with the power to save the world as we know it. Can Emmeline face one of the greatest legends of all time and live to tell the tale?


Cover image for THE EYE OF THE NORTH (Knopf BFYR, 2017), artist Jeff Nentrup.


THE EYE OF THE NORTH, my début novel for Middle Grade readers (and everyone else!), is published by Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books in the United States and Canada and in most other places (from February 2018) by Stripes Publishing/Little Tiger Books. Yay! The incredible cover art for the US edition was created by Jeff Nentrup, whose work I heartily recommend you check out.

If you’re interested in getting a copy of THE EYE OF THE NORTH for your very own self, firstly, thank you very much, and secondly – please do consider asking your local bookshop/bookstore to order you one. Here’s a handy link for you to use if you want to check out where your local bookshop is (in the UK and Ireland). If you’re in North America and you’d like to support your local bookstore, you can click through to Indiebound right here. If you prefer to shop online,  you can find THE EYE OF THE NORTH (US edition) at:





The UK edition of THE EYE OF THE NORTH can be pre-ordered from:

As well as all that, you can support me by adding THE EYE OF THE NORTH to your Goodreads shelf (and/or you can follow me there, if you like):

The Eye of the North


Read an Excerpt from The Eye of the North

You can check out the Penguin Random House website here, where there’s a snippet from the beginning of The Eye of the North; here’s hoping it whets your appetite!

What People Are Saying

“Lovely writing and a fertile imagination in a unique setting make this a truly enjoyable read.” – Nigel Quinlan (@Nigellicus), via Goodreads

“This book is pure middle-grade gold, pitched perfectly in tone at its audience. It is sure to be lapped up by boys and girls alike. This impressive debut is my first 5 star read of 2017. I hope it’s a huge hit. It certainly deserves to be!” – Kieran Fanning (@KieranJFanning), via Goodreads



Tess de Sousa has lived all her life in the comfortable – if somewhat stifling – confines of Ackerbee’s Home for Lost and Foundlings, knowing nothing about her origins. That is, until the day a mysterious man named Norton F. Cleat comes calling, seeking to take her away from everyone and everything she knows and loves. Instead of fleeing from Cleat, however, Tess decides to go with him; she wants to get to the bottom of why he chose her, of all orphans, to claim as his own. Does he know something about her parents? And what is his interest in the inexplicable object Tess is given the day she leaves Ackerbee’s – an object, she learns, which arrived with her the night she was found on the Home’s front step? What unfolds is a story of family lost and found, choices which ripple in unexpected and unimaginable ways, and a girl who finds herself caught between two worlds with war on the horizon.


In a world where magical powers are a hindrance rather than a help, Merritt Grimblethorpe is more hindered than most. Her power is ruining her life, she has no way of controlling it, and she has no future – so she runs away from home in an attempt to rid herself of her magic, only to find it grows in strength instead. As she attempts to find out why, she meets Saratine, another girl struggling with a different kind of power. When their kingdom is threatened, only Merritt and Saratine can save it – but first, they must face the frightening possibilities inside themselves.



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