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The Eye of the North

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  116 reviews
When Emmeline's scientist parents mysteriously disappear, she finds herself heading for a safe house, where allies have pledged to protect her. But along the way, she is kidnapped by the villainous Doctor Siegfried Bauer, who is bound for the ice fields of Greenland. There he hopes to summon a mystical creature from the depths of the ancient glaciers, a creature said to be ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Knopf
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Sinéad O'Hart Thank you so much - both for reading (and, hopefully enjoying) the book, and also for your great question! At the moment, I'm not planning on writing …moreThank you so much - both for reading (and, hopefully enjoying) the book, and also for your great question! At the moment, I'm not planning on writing a sequel to Thing and Emmeline's adventure, and I'm working on a second book which is set in an entirely different world, with different characters. However, I guess one never knows... I would love to spend more time with the characters from The Eye of the North, so a sequel is never completely off the table. Thanks again!(less)

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a lovely little adventure story with hints of steampunk and a plucky female heroine. Emmeline's parents are missing, and Emmeline herself has been kidnapped by a man determined to unleash a centaur so powerful it can rule the world. Can Emmeline, and stowaway Thing, save everyone from impending doom in the icy backdrop of Greenland?

This was a good middle school read. The writing was well paced, and easy to follow. I liked
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why hasn't this book sold a million copies please? I LOVED this.

We follow Emmeline (a very witty and driven protagonist who I rooted for instantly!) whose explorer parents suddenly go missing and she has to be uprooted from the life she knows. She's sent aboard a ship to Paris, only she finds herself the target of the villainous Dr. Bauer, and her journey becomes complicated and way more dangerous. He wants to awaken the mythical Kraken, and he needs Emmeline to do it.

With fantastic characters,
Vishnu Chevli
Nov 11, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: english, ebooks
Was not able to attach to story. DNF at 15%
Jade Ratley
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So nearly 5 stars, so so nearly.
This was utterly fantastic, I loved this a whole heck of a lot.
It was just a fantastic book. It was as cute as atmospheric. The characters were adorable, the plot was gripping...
It was just an amazing read...
Carina Olsen
I really wish I could say that I loved this book. Sigh. Because it sounds just like a book that I could love. And that cover is truly gorgeous. And I love middle grade and fantasy so much. Sadly, this one was a bit disappointing. I felt like maybe I could have loved it, had it been written a bit differently. It just wasn't for me.

I mean, there were parts of this book I liked a lot. But there were more parts that I didn't really like at all. I didn't hate any of it, but I mostly found this to be
Kieran Fanning
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared on the Middle Grade Strikes Back website.

When Emmeline’s parents (zoologists who specialise in unusual creatures) are kidnapped, she is put on a ship, bound for a safe-house in Paris. On board, she meets a boy called Thing (a scruffy stowaway orphan); and an unlikely friendship forms between them. But the criminals who kidnapped Emmeline’s parents soon catch up with her and whisk her off to the frozen north to be used as bargaining chip by the deranged Dr. Bauer who wa
Amélie Boucher
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun and entertaining story!
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book.
None stop action.
Looking forward to starting the next one.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-ya
I dislike reading books on computer, or, indeed phone, once the PDF has been converted to whatever it is that phones let you read, but the advanced digital copy of this book overcame that prejudice and had me scrolling bleary-eyed through screen after screen in breathless pursuit of Emmeline and Thing as they embarked on their perilous journeys. A fun and riotous mix of steampunk mad science and mythological fantasy set in the far frozen north, I was instantly reminded of the writings of Joan Ai ...more
The Librarian Witch
This was a really great middle-grade read.

The characters were relatable and likeable, and the story was fast paced and exciting.
We jumped from action to action constantly throughout the book, never once getting the chance to get bored with the story.
The tale is told through different points of view, as our main characters spend a lot of the book in different locations, struggling with their own separate problems and dangers. This gave the story a good pace and forced me to say “just one more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is fantastic! Such an exciting, terrifying adventure with lovely touches of humour and magic. Emmeline Widget is simply wonderful, from the top of her curls to her duck bloomers.

It's great to read children's stories with elements of Lovecraftian horror in them, and this was really well done in Eye, with the ever present threat of an ancient evil under the ice. I love the mix of fantasy and steampunk.
When Emmeline becomes an orphan, she is packed off on a ship to Paris for 'safety'. But fate has other plans for her than being safe, and she must battle impossible odds (with the help of her friends) in order to save herself - and possibly the world itself...

A roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, zeppelins, kraken, mad scientists, kidnap attempts and impending ecological disaster.
I loved the writing and the characters but I couldn't bring myself to care that much for the story. I'm surprised with the writing, it was very approachable, yet not plain at all! Beautifully written.

Pretty good middle grade, considering that I don't read much of it. I would highly recommend for people that love MG and for kids!!
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, quick and easy read. I loved the characters (especially Thing) and the plot was engaging and kept me reading. There were elements of steampunk and fantasy which worked really well and I'm really looking forward to more from this author. ...more
Charlotte Holmans
This book was so awesome!!! I loved it!!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Eye of the North is a fantasy adventure tale intended for children in grades three through seven. The interest level would be appropriate for that range and maybe a little higher, but the reading level is too high for most third graders as it contains some fairly advanced vocabulary. It would make a good read aloud with a parent. The chapters are short. Within each chapter, when the two main characters are apart, the story jumps from one character to the other in a well-defined fashion which ...more
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

The Eye of the North
by Sinéad O'Hart is an exciting adventure about a girl as she looks for her parents. I’ve never been much of a middle-grade reader. Even when I was a middle-grader, I didn’t read these books. I don’t know why, but they never interested. However, The Eye of the North caught my attention immediately.

Emmeline is an interesting character. She’s a young gir
Laura Noakes
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This was a great, old-fashioned quest into the frozen north. I really enjoyed the mystery and secrets of Emmeline’s parents, the discovery of OSCAR, and the friendship and devotion between Emmeline and Thing (Can ya tell I love middle-grade friendship? I’ve only mentioned it in ALL THREE REVIEWS)
This story felt timeless and classic, but at the same time it was SO exciting–it was action packed, in the best way possible.
I adored the mythology–it felt fresh, and yet so rich, which is SO difficult t
Kayleigh Cyphus
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very first line of this wonderful book I was hooked; Sinéad O'Hart has created some brilliant characters with a storyline that keeps you turning page after page! The Eye of the North is definitely set to be one of the top middle grade releases of 2018!

In this steampunk adventure, we start by meeting Emmeline, our feisty heroine as she learns that her parents have mysteriously disappeared. Suddenly, her life is turned upside down and we find ourselves aboard a ship, sailing off towards f
Mel Lenore
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
6.43 on CAWPILE

This was a fun middle grade. Not the best I've read, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I loved Thing, and I think I would have liked it more if he and Em had been together for more of the story. Normally split perspective works well for me, but I think it took away some of the magic and ability to delve deeper. I know its MG and not intended to have vast character development or huge worldbuilding, but this book was pure adventure story and I never really got to know the characters a
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Not exactly what I was expecting and a bit disappointed. The book just didn't work for me. But that doesn't mean middle grade kids, 5th and up, wouldn't enjoy it! I tried to get into the story, but I'm not its demographic. Sorry.

I received a Kindle ARC in exchange fro a fair review from Netgalley.
Ben Trevail
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52books2018
What a Kracken adventure! Thoroughly enjoyable with a scintillating climactic ending. Recommended.
Erin Wilson
Such a fun, action-packed middle grade.
Would definitely recommend for fans of Philip Pullmans' Dark Materials trilogy.
Great friendships and memorable characters
I received this free as a UK pre-publication review copy through NetGalley as an ebook, and read it in tandem with a librarian colleague in Canada reading the US version. This has not influenced my review.

What a ride! This is top end middle-grade, so I'll be recommending it to my confident readers from Y5 and then Y6/7 classes (children from 10-12+). It's exhilarating. We start out with a creeping, Snickett-esque atmosphere where you just *know* something awful is about to happen to Emmeline. Th
Michelle Kidwell
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The Eye of the North

by Sinead O'Hart

Random House Children's

Knopf Books for Young Readers
Children's Fiction

Pub Date 22 Aug 2017 |

Emmeline finds herself headed to the north where allies have pledge to protect her after her scientist parents mysteriously dissapear. Doctor Siegfried Bauer is bound for the ice fields of Greenland where he hopes to summon the Mystical Creature said to be found in the depths of the ancient glaciers. A creature believed to be so powerful whoever controls it can control
T.J. Burns
I received a copy of this book from Random House Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was excited about this book. I liked the tone and the kind of character Emmeline was being built up to be. But the set-up was over very quickly and with non-stop running away from baddies and imminent danger, no time was really given to getting to know the characters. The relationship between characters seemed to happen instantly, which didn't quite feel believable to me.

I'm pretty sure the timeline of the story is just a week during which a LOT happens. Despite the fast pace I found myself fe
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully paced story that balances both the emotional and the tension perfectly. It's one of those books you read in one sitting, it really is a fantastic read and an amazing debut from this author. Really can't wait for the next one! ...more
This book was a story of two halves for me. The first half I loved and thought this book would end up being at least a 4 star read. Then things took an unexpected turn and suddenly, there were way too many characters, the plots and backstories felt rushed and the ending was safe rather than the emotional punch I'd been hoping for.

Let's start with the good. The opening line is brilliant, 'For as long as she could remember, Emmeline Widget had been sure her parents were trying to kill her.' Right
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Sinéad O'Hart was born on a long-ago Monday in one of the many corners of Ireland. She grew up - not very far up, to be honest - with one brother and two parents, in a small house full of books. She always wanted to be an author, but somehow managed to wander through a variety of careers (including butcher, bookseller, and university lecturer, among others) before finally getting around to what sh ...more

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