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Emma Carroll

  • 5 stars across 23 books
Emma Carroll is a bestselling middle-grade author, the “Queen of historical fiction” according to BookTrust, and a favourite with children, teachers and critics. 

Emma started out as a secondary school teacher but has also worked as a news reporter, an avocado picker and the person who punches holes  into filofax paper and is now a full-time writer.

Several books by Emma Carroll have been nominated for, and won, numerous awards including the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award, Branford Boase, CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Most of Emma Carroll’s books are gripping historical adventures and mysteries for readers 9+. The settings of her books range from World War Two evacuations (Letters from the Lighthouse) to a Victorian circus (The Girl Who Walked on Air).

 In 2021 she released two new books: The Week at World’s End - a thriller set in 1960s Britain - and A Night at Frost Fair - a Christmas story with glorious colour illustrations by Sam Usher.

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2nd August 2018

Secrets of a Sun King: ‘THE QUEEN OF HISTORICAL FICTION’ Guardian

London, 1922. A discovery from ancient Egypt . . .A cursed package . . .The untold story of a young pharaoh . . .When Li... MoreSecrets of a Sun King: ‘THE QUEEN OF HISTORICAL FICTION’ Guardian

(55 reviews) Review
4th January 2018

Sky Chasers

  Prepare to be swept up, up and away on this high-flying adventure from the queen of historical fiction, ... MoreSky Chasers

(38 reviews) Review
7th January 2021

The Ghost Garden

SUMMER 1914 When Fran uncovers a bone in the garden of Longbarrow House on the same afternoon that Leo breaks his leg, ... MoreThe Ghost Garden

(22 reviews) Review
7th July 2016

Strange Star: 'The Queen of Historical Fiction at her finest.' Guardian

From the queen of historical fiction, a thrilling, deliciously creepy story that is sure to freeze your blood . . .They ... MoreStrange Star: 'The Queen of Historical Fiction at her finest.' Guardian

(12 reviews) Review
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