Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and bestselling author. Her debut ‘The Girl of Ink & Stars’ won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and the British Book Award’s Children’s Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Jhalak Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the Little Rebels Prize. Her second novel ‘The Island at the End of Everything’ was released in April 2017, and has been shortlisted for both the Costa Book Awards and the Blue Peter Book Awards. Her third novel for children, The Way Past Winter, was published in October 2018. Kiran lives by the river in Oxford with her husband, Tom.
‘The Girl of Ink & Stars’ – Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When her best friend disappears, she’s determined to be part of the search party. Guided by an ancient map and her knowledge of the stars, Isabella navigates the island’s dangerous Forgotten Territories. But beneath the dry rivers and dead forests, a fiery myth is stirring from its sleep…
‘The Island at the End of Everything’ – Ami lives with her sick mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but the arrival of a cruel government official, Mr Zamora, changes her world for ever. Her island is to become a colony for sufferers of leprosy. Banished to an orphanage across the water, Ami meets a honey-eyed girl named for butterflies, and together they set out to find a way back home to the island at the end of everything.
‘The Way Past Winter’ – One snowy morning, Mila and her sisters wake to find their brother Oskar has vanished. It seems he’s followed the stranger who visited them in the night. Mila can’t believe Oskar would just go, her fears made worse because her father disappeared years before. But then she learns that all the boys in the village have gone … except one – an outcast mage called Rune. To discover the truth, Mila and Rune set out in a dog sleigh to find Oskar, following a sinister golden trail of wolves, eagles and bears – all the way to the frozen North.
‘It’s so brilliant! Absolutely loved it from start to finish … totally deserves all the recognition it’s getting.’ – Children’s Author, Tom Fletcher‘
‘Kiran Millwood Hargrave creates a spellbinding world of magic, myth and adventure. The story holds you like a labyrinth and won’t let you go.’ – Children’s Author, Emma Carroll
‘A spellbinding adventure from a wonderful new voice in children’s fiction. Beautiful storytelling.’ – Children’s Author, Abi Elphinstone
‘[I was] enthralled, entranced and devastated all at once. So beautiful and magical.’ – Children’s Author, Piers Torday