After working as a secondary school English teacher, Emma wrote ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ during an MA Writing for Young People course at Bath Spa University, and after winning the North East Book Award, she went on to write ‘The Girl Who Walked On Air’, ‘In Darkling Wood’, ‘Strange Star’ and a number of other children’s books. Emma’s sixth book, ‘Letters From The Lighthouse’, was chosen as the Waterstones Book of the Month for May 2017 and it went on to win the Books Are My Bag award for Best Middle Grade book. It was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal and was a Sunday Times Best Book of 2017. ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ is Emma’s seventh novel and it was also chosen for the Waterstones Book of the Month in August 2018.
Secrets of a Sun King – It’s November, 1922. In a valley in Egypt the tomb of a long dead pharaoh is about to be discovered. The world watches and waits for news with baited breath. Thirteen-year-old Lilian Kaye, who lives in a flat above a shop in London, is eagerly following the story. One morning the news takes a sinister turn: a man- a famous Egyptologist- disappears. All that remains of him are his feet. Then Lil’s grandfather is taken suddenly ill, and when a mysterious package turns up for him from the Egyptologist, Lil starts to believe there is truth to the rumours of a pharaoh’s curse…
Letters from the Lighthouse – February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he’s not used to company and he certainly doesn’t want any evacuees. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she’s desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.
‘Like Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman, Carroll knows she can keep her listeners in thrall.’ – The Telegraph
‘This book confirms [Carroll’s] position as a leading children’s author.’ – The Bookseller
‘Emma Carroll is a natural storyteller.’ – BookTrust