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The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair

By Natasha Hastings, Illustrated by Alex T. Smith

A spellbinding and unforgettable tale of deep friendship, glittering magic and enchanting mystery, perfect for fans of Tamzin Merchant, Abi Elphinstone and Anna James.

The Great Frost of 1683 has London in its icy grip.

Thomasina and her best friend Anne sell sweets on the frozen Thames, amid rumours of the magical Frost Fair that awakens there at night. They say if you can find the fair, Father Winter himself will grant you any wish.
And Thomasina has an impossible wish: the return of her twin brother, Arthur.

But once they discover Father Winter’s kingdom, Thomasina and Anne quickly realize the Frost Fair is not what it seems – and that some wishes never come for free.

‘A heartwarming, wintry treat of a read perfect to snuggle up with on cold, snowy days’ Hannah Gold, bestselling author of The Last Bear

‘A lovely, frosty debut that combines cosy details and a pacy adventure with thoughtful explorations of grief and responsibility’ Anna James, bestselling author of the Pages & Co. series

‘This book is unputdownable’ Laura Noakes, author of Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star

‘Deep and dark and full of atmosphere and food and so gorgeously written – everyone should pick up a copy and be whisked away to the Frost Fair’ Zohra Nabi, author of The Kingdom Over The Sea

‘Spooky and haunting’ Philippa Gregory

‘Exciting and mysterious’ The Bookseller

‘A gripping, atmospheric, fantastical tale’ Kirkus

‘Just PERFECT! A beautiful frosty tale . . . I loved it’ Emma Carroll

Format: Paperback
Ageband: 9 to 12
Release Date: 26 Oct 2023
Pages: 400
ISBN: 978-0-00-849608-1
Price: £7.99 (Export Price) , £7.99, €None
Natasha Hastings was selected to join The London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme in 2019. Currently working as a fundraiser, she started developing The Frost Fair while studying History at Cambridge University, where she focused on gender and mental illness. She became determined, while exploring these topics, to have the lives of working women form the heartbeat of The Frost Fair.Alex T. Smith is an award-winning illustrator of children’s books including the Claude series. He is a World Book Day Illustrator.

”'A gloriously told, wonderfully wintry debut, Hastings' beautifully evocative historical novel is set during the Great Frost of 1683 and revolves around two girls drawn into the sinister world of a mysterious conjuror” - Waterstones, Books of the Year 2022

'Spooky and haunting - what struck me most about this historical fiction/fantasy story for children was the high quality of the writing' Philippa Gregory, bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl -

”'An exciting and mysterious debut” - Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller

”'A gripping, atmospheric, fantastical tale of atonement” - Kirkus Magazine (USA)

”'A great, fast-paced book full of adventure - and I feel lucky to have had my hands on a yet-to-be published copy” - Books up North

”'A haunting story of loss and of love, this book crackles with icy atmosphere” -, 30 best children’s books for Christmas 2022

Included in the Mail on Sunday and Scottish Mail on Sunday’s Children’s recommendations for December 2022 (04/12/22). -