Kiran wrote... The Way Past Winter

The Way Past Winter - Cover

Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Year 2018, Winner of the Ysgol Bae Baglan Upper School Book Award 2020.

Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow.

One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they’ve gone – taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back – even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.

The gorgeous new novel from the bestselling author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning The Girl of Ink & Stars and the Costa and Blue Peter Award-shortlisted The Island at the End of Everything.

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Her most accomplished book yet – I loved it.

Fiona Noble, Book of the Month Pick in The Bookseller

Kiran is such a beautiful, sparkling writer. This gorgeous story of bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings is a must for everyone.

Jessie Burton, Author of 'The Restless Girls' and 'The Miniaturist'

Kiran Millwood Hargrave will continue to win new fans with The Way Past Winter: a wonderful, magical, wintry story, complete with wizards and wolves, about a daring and terrifying quest by brave Mila and her sisters to reunite her family. It’s an ice-cold adventure with the warmest of hearts, and I loved it.

Ross Welford, Author of 'Time Travelling With A Hamster'

Exquisitely woven and beautifully atmospheric

Abi Elphinstone, Author of 'Sky Song'

A story of family and forests and fearlessness and love. With magic whispered all the way through. It is such a delicately crafted, timely fairytale. The words just sing, as if every sentence is poetry. Read it – and fall beneath its wintry spell.

Cerrie Burnell, Author of 'Harper And The Sea Of Secrets'

A gorgeous snowy adventure that feels like a familiar fairy tale told in a new way. I loved it and can’t wait for everyone to discover The Way Past Winter.

Katherine Webber, Author of 'Wing Jones'

…dazzling! A heart-sledging, goosebump-tingling adventure with enough warmth to melt an endless winter.

Sophie Anderson, Author of 'The House With Chicken Legs'

This mesmeric tale of three gutsy sisters on a vital quest contains some of the most exquisite descriptions of snow I’ve ever read!

Emma Carroll, Author of 'Letters From The Lighthouse'

…spellbinding. The Way Past Winter has whisked me away to a land of snow-deep forests. Glorious.

Katherine Woodfine, Author Of 'The Sinclair’s Mysteries'