The Way Past Winter


When Mila’s brother disappears, she believes he’s been taken by the Bear, a hooded stranger of legend who sought shelter at their home. Mila and her sisters follow his trail into the frozen north, determined to find a way past winter and bring their brother home.

ISBN: 9781912626076 Author: Tester, Millwood Hargra Publisher: Chicken House Publication Date: 3rd October 2019 Imprint: Chicken House Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:23) Pages: 239 Language: English Edition: 1st paperback ed Readership: Ages 5-12 / Code: B Category: Subjects: , , , , , , ,


From the bestselling author of THE GIRL OF INK & STARS comes a paperback edition of this gorgeous wintry folk tale for young and old alike – an exciting adventure to the frozen north, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman.


‘This gorgeous story of bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings is a must for everyone.’ JESSIE BURTON

The Way Past Winter is a masterclass in exquisite storytelling.’ CATHERINE DOYLE

‘Gorgeous, heartfelt and incredibly exciting. Her best yet, and that’s saying something.’ ROBIN STEVENS

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 third children’s novel by Times number one bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year
  • From the author of The Girl of Ink & Stars, The Island at the End of Everything, Julia and the Shark and The Mercies – chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club
  • The Way Past Winter combines high adventure with beautiful writing and a wintry folk-tale feel – a gorgeous literary novel for all year round


‘Exquisitely woven and beautifully atmospheric.’ ABI ELPHINSTONE

‘Dazzling! A heart-sledging, goosebump-tingling adventure with enough warmth to melt an endless winter.’ SOPHIE ANDERSON

‘Kiran Millwood Hargrave has written another classic in the making.’ SAMANTHA SHANNON

‘Such a delicately crafted, timely fairy tale. The words just sing, as if every sentence is poetry.’ CERRIE BURNELL

‘A white-knuckle ride of ice and snow that will also melt even the coldest heart.’ PIERS TORDAY

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