Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
  • Island of Whispers (Hardback)
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Island of Whispers (Hardback)

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Hardback 120 Pages
Published: 21/09/2023
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Waterstones Says

From the award-winning author of The Lie Tree and Unraveller comes a haunting gothic coming-of-age tale about a young Ferryman tasked with transporting the lingering Dead across the dark sea to the Island of the Broken Tower.

Take a trip to the misty island of Merlank in this gothic thriller by Frances Hardinge, a coming-of-age tale, interwoven with stunning illustrations by Emily Gravett.

Unexpectedly thrust into the role of the Ferryman, young Milo is tasked with taking the lingering Dead across the dark sea to the Island of the Broken Tower, where they can finally move on.

On his first perilious journey, his ghostly passengers include his own father and the teenage daughter of the Lord of Merlank, who is unprepared to give her up and follows in pursuit in a bigger boat, filled with armed men and two dark magicians at his command. Milo must face untold traps, dangers and fears as he carries his ghostly passengers across secret seas...

Swarms of sinister moths, strange headless birds and chillingly shrouded figures of death will keep you on the edge of your seat in the heart-warming Island of Whispers, from the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree, and with atmospheric artwork from the twice-CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winner.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529088076
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 574 g
Dimensions: 258 x 204 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A fabulously eerie tale that boldly confronts mortality.. the stunning illustrations by Emily Gravett cleverly capture the narrative's haunting mood.. the book is deceptively multi-layered - The Telegraph

With its silver-sprinkled jacket, this elegiac story, part way between picture book and novella, is perfect for autumn.. with each word carefully and often surprisingly chosen, this gothic fable weaves a frisson-filled spell. - The Sunday Times

Heightened by Gravett’s blue-white expanses and stark black bricks and timbers, Hardinge’s spare coming-of-age parable is laced with her trademark wisdom and subtlety.. this is ideal for 11+ readers who enjoy highly illustrated storytelling. - The Guardian's 'five best young adult books of 2023'

Island of Whispers is a melancholy, mist-shrouded triumph - TLS's best children’s books of 2023

The book features beautiful illustrations from Elisa Paganelli and perfect for children aged from nine. - School Reading List

Frances Hardinge.. is a terrific YA author - The Observer

Hardinge is an extraordinary writer for teenagers.. atmospheric illustrations add to the ghostly drama - Daily Mail

An ideal gift book for both reluctant teen readers and enthusiastic readers with a penchant for the macabre. - Irish Times

A dazzling coming-of-age story by the Costa-winning author. - i news

Young readers will be in thrall to this unforgettable and ultimately heartwarming adventure. - Lancashire Evening Post

Full of powerful images – in text and illustration – it should be read and reread - Books for Keeps

Island of Whispers is a page turner until the end. - Big Issue

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“My favourite Frances Hardinge book yet?”

This book feels like a distillation of everything I love about Frances Hardinge’s writing. It’s so short (120 pages, of which a good amount of the space is further taken up by illustration) that I don’t really want to... More

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Katy Wheatley

“Exquisite Re-imagining of the Ferryman Myth”

A gorgeous story that takes the classical trope of the ferryman guiding souls over the river after their death and updates it for a wilder, rawer and to me, more beautiful setting. Milo was never meant to be the... More

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“Beautiful retelling off the Ferryman”

A beautiful tale filled with glorious illustrations that follows Milo, the Ferryman's son as he, alone, had to complete his father's role.

How people behave when faced with loss varies but the Ferryman is... More

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