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North Child

Written by Edith Pattou

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Traditional Tales

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An epic story of magic, loss and love

Edith Pattou’s epic story is partly inspired by the old Norwegian fairy tale ‘East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon’, though readers will also recognise elements of the more familiar ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Though the story is told from the different perspectives of its main characters, at its heart is a young girl, Rose, the child born facing North and therefore full of dreams of travel and adventure, and who is saved from death by a great white bear. When later Rose betrays of the bear, it is her quest to make good the harm she has caused that drives the plot. Filled with magical scenes and unforgettable characters, this is a rich and rewarding read, filled too with fascinating research into map-making, Viking ships and Inuit life, all of which play an essential part in Rose’s journey to find the land of the Troll Queen and her true love. As spell-binding and mysterious as the best folk-tales always are.

Andrea Reece

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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 Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9781474958585
Publication date: 01/11/2019
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781409540540
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780746068373
Publication date: 25/02/2006
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409540540
Publication date: 1st November 2012
Author: Edith Pattou
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Traditional Tales
Recommendations: eBooks

About 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 ...

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