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The Company of Eight

Written by Harriet Whitehorn
Part of the The Company of Eight Series

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All her life Cass has dreamt of joining the circus to become an acrobat and travel the islands on the Circus Boat. Once a year the boat visits her home, the Great City of Minaris, and offers auditions to hopeful trapeze artists and acrobats, before sailing off again for another year. This year Cass is determined it’s her time and so she prepares for the most important performance of her life. Unfortunately the opportunity is missed and so she hatches a new plan and soon finds herself on a ship bound to the mysterious Island of Women. Unknowingly Cass is sailing towards an adventure that will lead her through dangerous waters where pirates hold a reign of terror and you don’t know who you can trust.

This is a wonderful story full of acrobatics, sword fights and even a little magic, as Cass must escape the clutches of thieves and pirates. Empowered by the friends she holds dear, a good dose of courage and the passion to follow her dreams, Cass embarks on a gripping adventure that will lead her to the group of women who are the mysterious, Company of Eight. Thoroughly gripping and enjoyable and hopefully the start of many a tale starring the adventurous, brave and lovable Cass. ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Bella, age 10 - 'Company of Eight is a really exiting book. It's quite small so it's quick to read as well. I want there to be another book so I can read more about Cass and her adventures.'     
  • Issie Ford, age 10.8 - 'This book is dangerous and exciting, and it makes you wonder if the characters will make it out alive! If you like girl power and sword fighting, this book is for you.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 12 - 'The Company of Eight was a delightful read and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.'
  • Taybba, age 10, Icknield Primary School - 'This book is a scary adventure story which is set in an imaginary place called Minaris and a girl who wants to go to Island of Women where her mother went before she was known as magical.'
  • Ollie Hopwood and Toby Hopwood, age 8 & 6 - 'This is a great adventure story which explores trust, friendship, determination, betrayal and loss, set in a beautifully described world of frozen cities and exotic islands....  An excellent read for mighty girls and adventurous boys.
  • Evie Macaulay, age 11 - 'A thrilling page turner. Spell-binding, exciting and full of adventure. I was sad when it came to an end and wanted to read more. Love the characters and love the book.'
  • Seren Daly, age 11 - 'This book is about the adventures of a young girl and it follows her story over land and sea.'


The Company of Eight by Harriet Whitehorn

Cass has always wanted to audition as an acrobat for the famous Circus Boat that sails the warm seas of the Longest World. But when her chance is snatched away, she comes up with a new plan. Soon she has secured a job on the Palace Boat, following the circus around the islands. Yet Cass has been invited on the boat for a very different reason - and it's not long before she is embroiled with thieves, sword fighters and a mysterious group of women called The Company of Eight...

A beautifully written adventure story for fans of The Girl of Ink and Stars from Harriet Whitehorn, award-winning author of the Violet series.

About the Author

Harriet Whitehorn grew up in London, where she still lives with her husband and three daughters. She has studied at Reading University, the Architectural Association and The Victoria and Albert Museum and has always worked in building conservation. She currently works for English Heritage. Violet and the Pearl of the Orient is her first novel.

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208 pages


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Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

3rd May 2018




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