Sometimes a new book comes along which literally takes your breath away.
That’s what happened for me, and one of our Inkpots, Alisha, when we read The Eye of the North by Sinead O’Hart.
When we get sent books to review, it’s always brilliant to get the views of some of the children who come to our groups – and 10-year-old Alisha couldn’t stop reading this book.
The Eye of the North tells the story of Emmeline, whose scientist parents mysteriously disappear, and she finds herself heading across the sea to a safe house in Paris. But before she can reach her destination, she is kidnapped by evil mastermind Doctor Siegfried Bauer, who is bound for the ice fields of Greenland. There he hopes to summon a mythical creature from the depths of the ancient glaciers, a creature said to be so powerful that whoever controls it can control the world. But Bauer isn’t the only one determined to unleash the creature. The North Witch has laid claim to the mythical beast, too. Emmeline – along with an urchin stowaway named Thing – is the only one with the power to save the world.
This is a very fast-paced book and the adventures of both Emmeline and Thing make it an exciting page turner – both Alisha and I quickly got very involved with the characters. And there were parts when Alisha said she was holding her breath as she read what was happening.
Sinead O’Hart has created a wonderful world where science meets fantasy and in Emmeline, we have a new, feisty heroine.
The Eye of the North is also about friendship, loyalty and courage. We really hope that there are more books to come about this set of characters – maybe we got a hint at the end?
Alisha and I think this would be suitable for readers age around 10 – 11 years.
Thanks so much to Stripes Books for sending us review copies.
This book will be published in early 2018, but can be pre-ordered.