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The Pearl in the Ice

Written by Cathryn Constable

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Crime / Mystery Fantasy / Magical

LoveReading View on The Pearl in the Ice

Peril and espionage at sea - Myth-laced mystery - An endearingly determined heroine

December 2019 Book of the Month

Set in 1912, this action-packed adventure feels both classic and contemporary, with Marina, its young heroine, yearning to break free from societal constraints to become the “new woman” she’s read about in modern magazines. Namely, the kind of woman who is “mistress of her own destiny”. Frustratingly, Marina’s father dismisses her desires outright. Being a naval captain he’s often away at sea and, with her mother gone, Marina is about to be shipped off to boarding school when all she really wants to do is set sail with her dad. So much so, Marina ends up stowing away on his ship. As his mission is vitally urgent, Captain Denham has little choice but to continue with Marina aboard.

As their perilous voyage progresses, the thrilling dangers of enemy sightings, superstitious shipmates and icebergs are interlaced with myth and mystery as Marina feels an inexplicable “urgent tugging in her chest to go north” after being accused of possessing the power to “call up storms”. Indeed, Marina’s affinity with the sea adds an extra edge of intrigue throughout, leading to an eerie explanation as the novel twists and swells to its pulse-quickening crescendo.

Joanne Owen

The Pearl in the Ice Synopsis

A thrilling and beautiful new novel from the best-selling author of The Wolf Princess.

Marina's father, a naval captain, has been away for most of her life - certainly since her mother died - and yet Marina feels the pull of an ocean she's never known. When sent to boarding school to learn to be a lady, Marina decides instead to stow away on her father's ship.

A perilous voyage awaits - but where are they sailing to and why, and what has it to do with the dark shape in the deep that seemsto be following them?

The Pearl in the Ice Press Reviews

Praise for The Wolf Princess:

'An engrossing, deeply atmospheric story.' Telegraph

'[Constable] knows you have only to give reality a slight push to make it marvellous. A classic winter's tale.' Financial Times

'A very special debut with a spellbinding fairytale ambiance. Contemporary but deliciously nostalgic ...' The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912626519
Publication date: 7th November 2019
Author: Cathryn Constable
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Crime / Mystery, Fantasy / Magical

About Cathryn Constable

After reading Theology at Cambridge University, Cathryn Constable went on to work in magazine journalism, writing for Vogue, W, Elle, The Independent, Tatler and The Sunday Times, before realising her dream of writing stories for children. Cathryn is married with three children and lives in London. author photo © Beth Evans

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