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Emma Carroll

  • 5 stars across 22 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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    1st June 2017

    Letters from the Lighthouse: 'THE QUEEN OF HISTORICAL FICTION' Guardian

    We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and ... More

    (66 reviews)
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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 . . . W... More

    (53 reviews)
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    4th January 2018

    Sky Chasers

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

    (37 reviews)
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    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... More

    (22 reviews)
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    3rd October 2019

    The Somerset Tsunami

    A sinking boat. A girl in disguise. A disappearing sea. When Fortune Sharpe carves a boat from a tree with her beloved ... More

    (20 reviews)
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    2nd September 2021

    The Week at World's End: 'The Queen of Historical Fiction at her finest.' Guardian

    The hotly anticipated new standalone from the bestselling and award-winning Queen of Historical Fiction, Emma Carroll. ... More

    (17 reviews)
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    7th July 2016

    Strange Star

    From the queen of historical fiction, a thrilling, deliciously creepy story that is sure to freeze your blood . . . The... More

    (11 reviews)
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    3rd October 2013

    Frost Hollow Hall

    The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer... More

    (10 reviews)
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    7th August 2014

    The Girl Who Walked On Air

    From the queen of historical fiction, The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll is an enchanting historical adventure f... More

    (10 reviews)
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    7th February 2019

    When we were Warriors

    A body washed up on the beach... Evacuation to an old house with forbidden rooms and dark secrets... An animal rescue se... More

    (10 reviews)
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