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Emmeline Widget has never left Widget Manor - and that's the way she likes it. But when her scientist parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself being packed off on a ship to France, heading for a safe house in Paris. Onboard she is befriended by an urchin stowaway called Thing. But before she can reach her destination she is kidnapped by the sinister Dr Siegfried Bauer.


Dr Bauer is bound for the ice fields of Greenland to summon a legendary monster from the deep. And he isn't the only one determined to unleash the creature. The Northwitch has laid claim to the beast, too.


Can Emmeline and Thing stop their fiendish plans and save the world?


A dazzling fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of ROOFTOPPERS , THE UNCOMMONERS and A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

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  • "A poetic, ingeniously constructed tale." (Sunday Times)
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23rd January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
5 stars
Emmeline’s childhood has been spent surviving the dangerous creatures her parents store in their home from research trips. Careful planning, risk avoidance and her survival satchel have enabled her to reach 12 years old, unable to trust anyone outside the walls of Widget Manor.

When she receives a letter telling her that her parents are dead and she must leave for Paris immediately, her carefully ordered life quickly descends into chaos. With her parents gone, only quick thinking Thing, who befriends her as soon as she boards the ship to take her to her new life, is there to help when her cabin is ransacked. Emmeline is in danger and she has absolutely no idea why.

A sinister scientist, and a nemesis as old as time itself test Emmeline and Thing to their limits as their journey turns into a race to save the world.

Packed with a eccentric characters and mythical creatures, Sinead O’Hart brings the far north chillingly to life in this fantastical, fast-paced adventure across sea and sky, and icy glaciers. The pace gathers with each turn of the page to a finale that had me balancing precariously on the edge of my seat.
Emmeline is considered, nervous and resourceful, while Thing is bold, determined and recklessly brave – his heart and humour shine as brightly as the Northern Lights.

Their world is a reimagining of our own, but with sea levels risen over decades to change the landfall, described in a way that fires the imagination and raises questions about global warming.

A dazzling debut that will be a must for my school bookshelf once published.

Great for fans of Mold And The Poision Plot, The Huntress: Sea, and Sky Chasers
22nd February '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
5 stars
I love this epic adventure that Emmeline Widget finds herself on in the hunt to discover the truth about the disappearance her parents. Imagine if you will, dastardly villains, terrifying sea monsters and an unforgettable dangerous journey where unlikely friendship are formed and this just gives you a flavour of the brilliance of ‘The Eye of the North.’ I was totally entranced and swept away by this extraordinary, thrilling tale that moved at such a swift pace that it left me breathless. It held me tight in it’s grip with it’s wonderfully compelling  storytelling all the way through to its dramatic and exhilarating finale.
15th April '18
I read it to FelixLowe aged 10 aged 10 & to VetotyLowe aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
I read this aloud to my 10 and 7 year olds and they loved it. Emmeline and Thing are adorable characters who you come to really care about. A fast-paced, rip-roaring adventure that we couldn't put down!
2nd December '17
Esjay read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book arrived, the cover want the same and the type face layout inside the book wasn't as friendly as I was expecting. I prefer the cover shown above.

My mum read this book with me.

Emmeline Widget (Em) is the daughter of two scientists who seem to like travelling and being away from home only returning with dangerous and exotic animals. Em is not interested in what her parents do and has managed to keep herself occupied in other ways. Em's world is small , no friends , no school  no trips away from the house the list is long. Some bad news catapults Em into a world of adventure, forces her to travel on her own, make friends, to trust her natural instincts, take on magical creatures. There are many perilous  moments...........

Thing is introduced early on in the story , a boy with no name who is so loyal to his friends ( well Em ) and who is quick and thinks on his feet. Why is he all alone? You are treated to a taste of Things past life which was pretty grim.

Em finds out that her parents were part of a secret dangerous organisation but not a lot more.........

This book is very fast moving and I couldn't put it down . I hope there is another book which will help explain more about Em and why she was bought up in isolation , Thing has more secrets to uncover and I want to know more about the secret society to which her parents belonged!!
19th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
5 stars
This is a stunning debut novel from Sinead O Hart.

The heroine, Emmeline, is a young girl whose parents are often absent, traveling the world on mysterious scientific expeditions. Emmeline is cooped up at home in a creepy house with only a butler, cook and large library for company. When one morning she receives a letter at breakfast from her parents telling her that they have been kidnapped her world is turned upside down.  Sent off to Paris for her own safety, Emmeline is soon caught up in a whirlwind adventure.

This is a fantastic, fast-paced adventure with a strong female lead. Emmeline is brave and courageous, and determined to find out what has happened to her parents so that she can do her best to save them. As well as being an inspiring and brave character, it's great to see a story where the lead is a girl and not one distracted by love (this book definitely passes the Bechdel Test). Good for both boys and girls to read! Highly recommended and cant wait to read future stories by this author!
26th January '18
Gaby read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
5 stars
It took me some time to finically start this book As with its title, i was not sure what to expect, magic, drama, action.  This is adventure story with a female heroine. Emmeline's parents are missing, and Emmeline has been kidnapped by a man determined to unleash a centaur so powerful it can rule the world. Can Emmeline, and stowaway Thing, save everyone from impending doom in the icy backdrop of Greenland?

I had never heard of the author But enjoyed her easy to follow writing. It was a perfect winter book with its setting in Greenland. I liked Emmeline, and thought she was a good lead character. She's inventive, brave and adventurous. I was also quite taken by Thing. 

I would definitely recommend this book to 10+.
7th April '19
I read it to 5F aged 9 to 10
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5 stars
We read this book as our first class novel and we absolutely loved it! What a rip-roaring adventure that had us gripped from the first line! Amazing 
17th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
5 stars
Emmeline and Thing take you on an incredible adventure. Magical, mythical beasts, villainous bad guys and a heartwarming ending. What more could you want?
29th January '18
Booyu read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
I liked this book. It was a good read. Interesting it made you want to read on as you wondered what would happen to Emmerline. If you like action books with chases and Villains you wil love this.
14th January '18
Lydib read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
4 stars
I enjoyed this book. It kept my attention and I was always wanting to know what happens next. I don’t often read fantasy but would love to read more. I think this could be a series.
30th December '17
Immy read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
4 stars
I picked up this book, not knowing what to expect. I love reading fantasy and the exhilaration of an action-packed book. This novel is both at the same time and a great read.

From the beginning I sensed a slightly ominous atmosphere which got my heart racing as the plot thickened. I was fearing for the characters as they were plunged into peril and was spellbound by all the creatures they met.

I had never heard of the author – Sinead O’Hart – before but I’m very glad I read this book. It’s written so well that I felt like I was really in snowy Greenland or in bustling Paris watching the story unfold.

This is a really easy book to get lost in. The plot kept me guessing to the very end. I really hopes she writes another novel!
13th March '18
MuzFuz10 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
The Eye of the North 9781847159410
4 stars
Books take you on adventures and this is an adventure I loved. Emmeline and Thing are fantastic characters who I want to read more about.
It's a different story to what I've read before. I can imagine it as a movie.
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About Sinead O'Hart

Sinead O'Hart was raised in a small house full of books in the south-east of Ireland. She has a degree in Medieval English and has had many careers (including butcher, bookseller and university lecturer) before finally following her dream of becoming a children's author. She now lives in County Meath, near Dublin, with her husband, their daughter, and an eve...

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