The Eye of the North



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!), will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books in the United States and Canada on August 22, 2017, and in the UK/Ireland and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) in Spring 2018 by Stripes Publishing/Little Tiger Books. Yay! The incredible cover art for the US edition, which you can see above, 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:





As soon as I have pre-order details for the UK edition, I’ll post them here – and do make sure to follow me on Twitter, where I’ll be sharing news of cover reveals, release dates and much more…

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


In the media

Here’s a link to the US book deal announcement in Children’s Bookshelf!

You can find out a bit more about me, my publication journey, my tips for aspiring writers and which authors I’d invite to a dinner party over here.

You can read a bit here about my UK book deal, and about my UK publisher (the wonderful Stripes); they seem to think I’m pretty cool, all told.

And here’s a link to a fab interview I did with Middle Grade Strikes Back! If you’ve ever wanted to know what the first thing I’d buy if the film rights to my book sold for a large bag of cash, you need look no further.

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!

Request The Eye of the North on NetGalley

Here’s a link to request The Eye of the North on NetGalley – and you can read an excerpt from the book there, too.

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

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