Middle Grade Reviews

Waiting On Wednesday – Eye Of The North by Sinead O’Hart


Picture from @SarahGreenhouse, Sinead O’Hart’s agent.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):  When Emmeline’s scientist parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself heading for a safe house, where allies have pledged to protect her. But along the way, she is kidnapped by the villainous Doctor Siegfried Bauer, who is bound for the ice fields of Greenland. There he hopes to summon a mystical creature from the depths of the ancient glaciers, a creature said to be so powerful that whoever controls it can control the world. 

Unfortunately, Bauer isn’t the only one determined to unleash the creature. The North Witch has laid claim to the mythical beast, too, and Emmeline along with a scrappy stowaway named Thing may be the only one with the power to save the world as we know it. Can Emmeline face one of the greatest legends of all time and live to tell the tale?bird

Why I can’t wait to read Eye Of The North:

  •  I love the idea of a creature who has remained hidden in the glaciers coming to the knowledge of the wrong people. I am interested to know whether Emmeline’s parents have anything to do with the creature coming to light. Have they been kidnapped, perhaps, or might they have shared this knowledge voluntarily?


  • I want to know more about Thing’s background. How did he/she end up with such a name? It sounds the opposite of Emmeline, daughter of two scientists. Educated. Possibly well-off. I wonder whether there will be a conflict between Emmeline and Thing? If they need to work together, they need to reach an understanding.


  • The North Witch. Between the Polar Bear Explorer’s Club and Eye Of The North, I am getting my share of magical ice-beings. I love ice as a setting for enchantment and magic.


  • ‘Greatest legends of all time’ – this world comes with stories of its own, and that makes a strong world. I also like how the stories and science co-exist. Science finds the truth, but before that the world is experienced. Before that comes the stories.


  • The story reminds me of Abi Elphinstone. Not the setting, or the characters, but the struggle of one power against another. The one power who can save the world. This is entirely good.


Eye of the North by Sinead O’Hart

February 2016 (UK)

Stripes Publishing



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