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Hart was raised in a small house full of books in the south-east of Ireland. She has a degree in Medieval English and has had many careers (including butcher, bookseller and university lecturer). She now lives in County Meath, near Dublin, with her husband, their daughter and an ever-expanding book collection.
Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | February 2019 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2019 | With a fabulous heroine at its heart and propelled by a fast-paced adventure in not just one world but others too, The Star-Spun Web is a spell-binding fantasy adventure. As a little baby, Tess de Sousa is left on a doorstep by her father in an effort to keep her safe. To be safe, he knows he has to get her out of one world and into another. Apparently orphaned, Tess, with her pet tarantula for company, grows up in Ackerbee’s Home for Lost and Foundlings where she is encouraged to use her brain to do difficult scientific research and is very much loved by all. But her life changes suddenly when a stranger, claiming to be family, arrives at Ackerbee’s Home, and takes her away with him to Roedeer Lodge. Mr Cleat is not family and Tess needs all her intelligence and persistence to keep safe and, above all, to find out why he is interested in her and what his terrible plan for the future might be. The plot hurtles along and Tess remains a resourceful and delightful character throughout.
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: unputdownable adventure story set in a vivid frozen world Emmeline Widget is a character readers will love: small, determined, not to be under-estimated and surprisingly well able to defend herself against those who wish her ill, which is just as well as some particularly nasty villains have Emmeline in their sights. What was it about her parents’ studies that have triggered this interest? The answer takes us deep into the last remaining frozen wastes of a steam-punky globally-warmed world, and a confrontation with something very strange indeed. Supporting characters include the wonderful Thing, an orphan boy whose affection for Emmeline mostly overrides his criminal tendencies. This is a thrilling adventure from the opening page to the final scenes, and Sinead O’Hart is an author to watch. Don’t miss. ~ Andrea Reece This is a book to recommend to fans of Cogheart by Peter Bunzl or the Ivy Pocket series. Download an Eye of the North Wordsearch here!
With her passion for scientific experimentation and her pet tarantula Violet, Tess de Sousa is no ordinary orphan. When a stranger shows up at Ackerbee's Home for Lost and Foundlings, claiming to be a distant relative come to adopt her, Tess hopes to find some answers to her mysterious origins. But as she adjusts to her new life at Roedeer Lodge, it becomes clear that Norton F. Cleat knows more about Tess - and the strange device left with her when she was abandoned as a baby - than he's letting on. And when Tess discovers that the Starspinner is the gateway between her world and a parallel world in which war rages, she realizes she may be the key to a terrible plan. A plan she must stop at all costs... Praise for THE EYE OF THE NORTH: A charming, thrilling tale of adventure - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS O'Hart's writing crackles with imagination - Jennifer Bell, author of THE UNCOMMONERS
Emmeline Widget has never left Widget Manor - and that's the way she likes it. But when her scientist parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself being packed off on a ship to France, heading for a safe house in Paris. Onboard she is befriended by an urchin stowaway called Thing. But before she can reach her destination she is kidnapped by the sinister Dr Siegfried Bauer. Dr Bauer is bound for the ice fields of Greenland to summon a legendary monster from the deep. And he isn't the only one determined to unleash the creature. The Northwitch has laid claim to the beast, too. Can Emmeline and Thing stop their fiendish plans and save the world? A dazzling fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of ROOFTOPPERS, THE UNCOMMONERS and A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
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