North Child by Edith Pattou

North Child

Written by Edith Pattou

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This is an epic that fans of Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy will thoroughly enjoy. Full of magic, of high drama, of superstitions and of compelling characters, readers will be held spellbound by Edith Patou’s lyrical writing. The world of the north is cold but can Rose with the help of a white bear find her heart once again?

A piece of passion from the Editor: This is a book to curl up with and let it sweep you away on an epic journey of romance, fantasy and adventure. Its timeless appeal touches everyone.


North Child by Edith Pattou

A story of magic, love, loss, and betrayal, based on the traditional fairytale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon". Rose was born into the world facing north, and as a north child, superstition says that she will be a wanderer. This prophecy is fulfilled when she is taken on the back of a white bear to a mysterious empty castle.

About the Author

Edith Pattou

Edith Pattou wrote her first story at the age of eight, The Adventures of Lipid Shortstock, which followed the adventures of a swashbuckling squirrel! Since then Edith has published two highly acclaimed fantasy novels in the United States: Hero’s Song, an International Reading Association Young Adult’s Choice, and Fire Arrow, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year.

Edith has always been a great lover of fantasy stories and their ability to whisk the reader away to magical lands, and came to write North Child after falling in love with the Norwegian fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

Edith became an expert in many different fields whilst writing North Child- weaving, compasses, mapmaking, seamanship, Scandinavian languages, Norse mythology, everything to do with the Arctic and of course polar bears, which were hard as Edith’s local zoo didn’t have any polar bears. She also travelled to Norway through the fjords by ship to get first hand experience.

North Child was shortlisted for the Ottakar’s Children’s Book Prize.

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528 pages


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Publication date

1st November 2012




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