March 2018,

Faber and Faber


Rights sold:


Audio, W F Howes

France, Gallimard

Turkey, Kultur Yayinlari Is Turk Ltd

Romania,Curtea Veche 

USA, Clarion Books


Nominated for the Carnegie Award

Longlisted for the UKLA

Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award

Shorlisted for the Bolton Children's Fiction Award

Shortlisted for the StAlban's Schools Book Award



















They were alone, far from home, on an island, with the sea rising and nobody knew where they were . . .

Alice Mistlethwaite has been packed off to an  unusual boarding school in Scotland! Everyone is talking about the great orienteering challenge, where students are sent off, unsupervised,  for three days!. Alice sees her chance. Away from school she can undertake a secret mission. She just needs to persuade her teammates,  rule-abiding Jesse and mischief-maker Fergus, to follow her off-route, across the wild Scottish highlands and islands, in search of a legendary castle . . .


 So much more than a gripping adventure, this is a story that'll make you love your friends and family a little bit more. I stayed up all night reading it!'



An utter cracker.

Robin Stevens, bestselling author of MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE



This wise and touching novel has originality and a fresh voice . . . it is about friendship, families, loss and trust, the joy of nature, facing fears and how children should live big lives.'  

The Sunday Times (Children's Book of the Week) 


Unputdownable, funny and wise

The New Statesman 


A joyously old-fashioned, Blyton-esque hymn to unsupervised childhoods, this fast-paced, witty adventure has undertones of grief and shows the power of friendship to heal the disappointment of adults' emotional neglect. 

The Daily Mail


A glorious adventure



Lashings of adventure, the highs and lows of friendship and a good pinch of mystery, this delightful story already feels like a classic.

WRD Magazine


A brilliantly suspenseful novel, in which Farrant raises schoolgirl high-jinx to the pith of a John Buchan

The Oldie


Wonderful contemporary storytelling with a classic feel.

The Bookseller (Editor's choice)


She has a magic touch writing about and understanding children's everyday thoughts, feelings and lives. 

Books for Keeps


A thrilling adventure.

The Times (Children's Book of the Week)


Blyton meets Buchan in this good old-fashioned adventure romp ... a gem.

The Daily Telegraph















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