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The Way Past Winter

Written by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Spellbinding snow-flurried story of sisterhood

Set in a land evocative of Russian folk tales, a land frozen in a “winter that came and never left”, this atmospheric adventure swirls with middle grade magic.

Three sisters and their brother are parentless in a wintry wilderness when a mysterious man appears. A stranger who doesn’t sink into the snow as others do. A stranger who jokes that Oskar must be cursed to have three sisters. Soon after, Oskar vanishes, as do the other boys of their village, and Mila is convinced that he’s been taken by the fabled bear of her Papa’s tales, and so she bravely ventures north, desperate to find him beyond the winter world they’re bound in.

Elaborately embroidered with lyrical conjurations of landscape, and a sense of grief and sorrow, above all else this exudes sisterly strength and comes recommended for fans of traditional tales, and those who enjoyed The Wolf Wilder.


Joanne Owen

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A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher;  In The Way Past Winter, Kiran writes ‘stories are just a different way of telling the truth’ – and the truth is exactly what you’ll find in her most poignant story yet. We start with a winter that threatens to stay for ever, and a family undone. In order to find healing, three sisters must face a deep and frightening truth about their relationship with the natural world – and perhaps our own. Awesome, exciting and full of rich images that will always stay with me, this is classic storytelling by a brilliantly talented writer.

The Way Past Winter Synopsis

Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they've gone - taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back - even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.

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ISBN: 9781911077930
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911077930
Publication date: 4th October 2018
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers

About Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in London in 1990. She completed her undergraduate studies in English and Drama with Education at Cambridge University, also performing in Footlights smokers and plays. She graduated with distinction from the Creative Writing MSt at Oxford University, and was President of the Poetry Society there. She is an award-winning poet, with three collections published and work appearing in international journals such as Room, Agenda and Magma. She was a Barbican Young Poet, and has performed her work internationally, from Banff to Tokyo. Her first novel, The Girl of Ink & Stars, was published in 2016 to critical ...

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