Books

Frost Hollow Hall (Faber- Oct 2013)

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The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.’

It’s winter, 1881. When Tilly receives a dare to go ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall, she can’t refuse. No one goes near the place these days. Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned in the lake. His death is still shrouded in mystery.

But the dare goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks and Tilly almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful figure appears in the water and saves her life. Tilly soon realises her rescuer is Kit Barrington’s ghost. His spirit cannot rest in peace until the truth about his death is revealed. Now he needs Tilly to help him.

In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .

Frost Hollow Hall is a thrilling historical fiction debut. Told in Tilly’s unique voice, it is a tale of love and loss, and how forgiveness is the key to recovery.

AwardsNorth East Book Award Winner 2013, Hillingdon Book of the Year 2014.

Longlists/shortlists/nominations:  Branford Boase Award Longlist 2014, Waterstones Book Prize Longlist 2014. Shortlisted for St Helen’s Libraries BASH Awards 2014. Red House Books Pick of the Year, Lovereading4kidsDebuts of the Month (October) and a Book of The Year 2013. And Telegraph’s Top 100 Books For Christmas 2013, Netgallery’s Top Ten Books of 2013.

The Girl Who Walked On Air (Faber- 7 August 2014)

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I wasn’t a proper orphan because my mam wasn’t dead. She didn’t love me either. She left me at the circus, the way most people forget an umbrella.’

One foggy night, a baby girl is abandoned outside Chipchase’s Travelling Circus. She’s taken in and named Louie. Thirteen years later, her job is to sell tickets for the show. No one suspects she’s got a talent for anything else. But Louie’s secret hero is tightrope walker Charles Blondin. She’s hungry to perform on the high wire, and when her guardian Jasper has a terrible accident, she pleads for a chance to take his place in the ring.

Circus owner Mr Chipchase refuses point blank. Yet when a strange man in a very tall top hat turns up, Mr Chipchase suddenly changes his mind. The man comes with an offer, and secrets of his own. A thrilling chain of events lead Louie to the other side of the world. There, she attempts the most daring tightrope walk of her life.

Shortlists/ longlists/nominations: nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015. Longlisted for the Oxfordshire Book Award, shortlisted for the Stockton Libraries Award 2016. Sunday Times Childrens’ Book of the Week (10th August 2014).  The Sunday Express’s Top 12 Summer Reads for Children, Irish Independent’s Top 6 Autumn Reads. Lovereading4kids Book of The Year.

In Darkling Wood (Faber- July 2015)

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When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?

Longlists/shortlists/nominations: shortlisted for the Shropshire Book Award 2016, shortlisted for the Oxfordshire Book Awards 2016, shortlisted for the Calderdale Book Award 2016, long listed for the Hounslow Junior Book Award 2016. The Bookseller’s Book of the Month for July 2015.

The Snow Sister (October- 2015 Faber)

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Ever since her sister, Agnes, died, Pearl has a tradition every time it snows. She makes a person out of snow. A snow sister. It makes Christmas feel a little less lonely.

On Christmas Eve, her father receives a letter about a long-lost relative’s will. Is their luck about to change? In anticipation of a better Christmas, Pearl goes to beg credit at Mr Noble’s grocery to get ingredients for a Christmas pudding. But she is refused, and chased down the street where she is hit by a hansom cab. The snow is falling so hard that they can’t take her home. She’ll have to stay at Flintfield Manor overnight, in a haunted room… Will Pearl make it home for Christmas?

Longlists/shortlists/nominations: The Times Childrens Book of the Week (24th October 2015)

Strange Star (Faber- July 2016)

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‘They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule.’

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified…

Longlists/shortlists/nominations: The Times Childrens Book of the Week, Longlisted for the Redbridge Book Award 2017, short listed for The Salisbury Book Award 2017, the Haringey Book award 2017 and the Hounslow Book Award 2017. A Lovereading4Kids Book of the Year 2016.

21 thoughts on “Books

  1. Emma thanks for Frost Hollow which I loved readings with my 9 year old daughter, Marisa. So good to have children’s literature which credits kids with intelligence and inspires them. We can’t wait for the Girl who walked on air.

    1. Hi Marisa’s dad! ( and Marisa!)
      I’m delighted you both enjoyed Frost Hollow Hall. Thanks ever so much for the message. Hope you like The Girl Who Walked On Air too! Best wishes, Emma 🙂

  2. Hi Emma
    I am twelve years old and read frost hollow hall. It was incredible and was probably the best book I’ve ever read. I just didn’t want it to end! I am looking forward to reading the girl who walked on air,
    Thanks, Orla

    1. Hi Orla!
      thanks so much for your message. I’m really glad you liked Frost Hollow Hall. When I was writing it I didn’t want it to end, either- as an author you get very attached to your characters. By the end of it, I felt like Tilly was my best friend! I hope you’ll like The Girl Who Walked On Air just as much. Happy reading!
      Emma 🙂

  3. Dear Emma,
    I’ve just started reading the girl who walked on air. So far it’s great. It’s also sad but thrilling!! I can’t put it down!!

    1. Hi Olivia
      Thank you so much for your message- I’m so delighted you’re enjoying The Girl Who Walked On Air. Like everyone, us writers have those days where we think we’re just rubbish and no-one will ever read our books ever again! So your message today has cheered me up no end. Hope you enjoy the rest of the book and merry xmas!
      Emma

  4. I have read both Frost Hollow Hall and The Girl who Walked On Air, and they are both such good books I couldn’t put them down! I love the way you write about the past, it’s such a refreshing change from other books which are all set in the present! I can really connect with your characters and am gripped by the thrilling events they go through.
    Natasha

    1. hello Natasha!
      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s so lovely to hear that you’ve read and enjoyed both books. Yes, I do have a bit of a ‘thing’ for historical fiction- it seems to create a stronger atmosphere, somehow. My next book ‘In Darkling Wood’ is set in modern day mostly, because I wanted to try something a bit different. Parts of it are set in 1918 though, so I couldn’t let go altogether!
      Thanks again for your kind message, Emma:)

  5. I love the book ‘frost hollow hall’ and I love going to stay near Axminster. I am 10. I Can’t wait to read your next book. Also, I would like to be a writer when I grow up . You are really good at writing! from Faye

    1. Hi Faye, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed Frost Hollow Hall. Yes, Axminster is a lovely part of the world; I work at the secondary school there. Like you, I always wanted to be a writer so writing books like Frost Hollow Hall has been a dream come true for me. Fingers crossed it’ll be your dream come true one day too! Emma 😊

  6. Hi Emma,
    Alike most of the above I have just read Frost Hollow Hall and it is now my favourite book! I would really like to read your other two books as well. I really liked all the turns and changes in the book and I love the way it was worded and put.
    I hope you write more books set in that time and that genre!
    Thanks, Mia

    1. Hi Mia
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write. It’s lovely to hear you enjoyed Frost Hollow Hall- it was my very first book to be published so in this sense it’s a bit of a favourite with me too. Very much hope you enjoy Thr Girl Who Walked On Air and In Darkling Wood too. Do let me know! All good wishes, Emma😊

  7. I just saw your beautiful books in a Twitter tweet @lunaslibrary, I adore the covers and have just been over to Amazon and ordered ‘The Snow Sister’ & ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ I cannot wait to delve into their pages.

  8. Hello I heard that there was a sequel to Frost hollow hall and was wondering if it was true if not then you should write one I just want to find out about will and tilly I mean it’s kinda obvious but you know things change and I want to know about their children and life and what happens to lady barrington and Mrs jessop

    1. Hello! There isn’t a sequel to Frost Hollow Hall at the moment, though I did leave the final chapter deliberately open just in case! One day I’d very much like to write what happens next- and yes I do have a few ideas. So stay tuned! Thanks for getting in touch, very best wishes Emma :))

  9. Hi Emma, I was recommended your books by my brother, Greg, (an ex colleague of yours) and I have used Frost Hollow Hall this week to introduce my class to the genre of Mystery and Suspense. The children loved it and it has been great using something fresh, appealing and appropriate! The children have asked to borrow the book to read at home and I think this is a very big compliment from a tough set of kids!
    We would love to email you some questions if possible?
    Many thanks, Anna.

    1. Hi Anna
      Lovely to hear from you! I had a message from Greg on Facebook earlier, saying you’d been using Frost Hollow Hall. Thank you so much-really glad it worked with your class. of course you can email me questions- my email is on the contact page of the blog. Look forward to hearing from you all! Emmax

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