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The Eye of the North

Written by Sinead O'Hart

Part of the The Eye of the North Series

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LoveReading View on The Eye of the North

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.

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The Eye of the North Synopsis

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.

The Eye of the North Reader Reviews

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

  • Issie Ford, age 10 ½ - 'This book is exciting and dangerous. Characters you grow to trust betray you, and danger lurks round every corner.'
  • Punam Shah - 'It is one of the best books I have ever read and is so imaginative and I am so glad I signed up for this book. This book is one of a kind and has an amazing story line. You need to read it to experience the adventure of a lifetime.'     
  • Emily Golding, age 10 ½ - 'Wicked! Literally ace! O'Hart is so great at weaving this story together, she might be a spider! EPIC!!!'
  • Seren Daly, age 10 - 'This book is amazing, funny and is for everybody to enjoy. I couldn't put it down.'
  • Aoibhe Churcher, age 11 - 'It was charming, thrilling and brilliant!! I would recommend this book for children between the ages of 8 to 10.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 12 - 'think it had a great ending.  I recommend it to 12+ readers who enjoy magical stories.'
  • Amina Hassan, age 11 - 'Emmeline is an amazing character. I loved Sinéad O'Hart's imagination and the characters. This book managed to be heart warming, sad, funny and hard to put down all at once. I loved this book.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 10 - 'Amazing descriptions, great story. A definite page turner...'
  • Lewis, age 11 - 'An exciting book about a girl and her parents getting kidnapped by an evil maniac who wants to use them to help wake a mythical creature. Hard to put down but some parts I found difficult to understand.'
  • Ross O'Gorman, age 11 - 'An exciting, fast-paced adventure, with a great cover, packed to bursting with adventure, secrets, magic, mythical creatures, villians, an ice witch and an unlikely hero.'
  • Ellen Hall, age 8 - 'This book is about a girl called Emmeline who goes on a voyage to France.'
  • Kai Bryan, age 11 - 'I think that this book is a great story.'
  • Kai Bryan, age 11 - 'The Eye Of The North is an adventure/fantasy story about a young girl called Emmeline.'

The Eye of the North Press Reviews

Praise for The Eye of the North;

“A charming, thrilling tale of adventure, mystery, and a Creature in a frozen world.”  Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars 

“The Eye of the North takes readers on a twisting adventure to an otherworldly land. Emmeline Widget is a brilliant, gutsy heroine and O’Hart’s writing crackles with imagination, from the ice-dwelling creatures of her
frozen landscape to the chilling Northwitch and her evil plans.”    Jennifer Bell, author of The Uncommoners 

“The Eye of the North is a wonderfully exciting adventure complete with airships, ice horses and the Northwitch.”   Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher 

“This book is pure middle-grade gold, pitched perfectly in tone at its audience. It is sure to be lapped up by girls and boys 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, author of The Black Lotus  

“Lovely writing and a fertile imagination in a unique setting make this a truly enjoyable read.”  Nigel Quinlan, author of The Maloneys’ Magical Weatherbox 

“A highly original fantasy novel for age 9+ with some cracking world building. Emmeline is an engaging character with real agency and I fell in love with her from the opening page. With echoes of Narnia and Philip Reeve, this is an engrossing, magical tale not to be missed.”   Sarah Webb, author of the Amy Green books 

“Sinéad O’Hart can spin a good yarn, and I hope she’s in for a long and thrilling career.”    Janine Beacham, author of the Rose Ravethorpe Investigates series

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ISBN: 9781847159410
Publication date: 08/02/2018
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847159410
Publication date: 8th February 2018
Author: Sinead O'Hart
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Sinead O'Hart

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.

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