Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Way Past Winter

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 gorgeous new novel from the bestselling author of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning The Girl of Ink & Stars and the Costa and Blue Peter Award-shortlisted The Island at the End of Everything

Buy the book from Waterstones, Blackwells, your local independent bookstore, Book Depository, or Amazon.


Her most accomplished book yet – I loved it.

– Fiona Noble, Book of the Month Pick in The Bookseller


Kiran is such a beautiful, sparkling writer. This gorgeous story of bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings is a must for everyone.

– Jessie Burton, Author Of The Restless Girls and The Miniaturist

Kiran Millwood Hargrave will continue to win new fans with The Way Past Winter: a wonderful, magical, wintry story, complete with wizards and wolves, about a daring and terrifying quest by brave Mila and her sisters to reunite her family. It’s an ice-cold adventure with the warmest of hearts, and I loved it.

– Ross Welford, Author Of Time Travelling With A Hamster

Exquisitely woven and beautifully atmospheric

– Abi Elphinstone, Author Of Sky Song

A story of family and forests and fearlessness and love. With magic whispered all the way through. It is such a delicately crafted, timely fairytale. The words just sing, as if every sentence is poetry. Read it – and fall beneath its wintry spell.

– Cerrie Burnell, Author Of Harper And The Sea Of Secrets

A gorgeous snowy adventure that feels like a familiar fairy tale told in a new way. I loved it and can’t wait for everyone to discover The Way Past Winter.

– Katherine Webber, Author Of Wing Jones

…dazzling! A heart-sledging, goosebump-tingling adventure with enough warmth to melt an endless winter.

– Sophie Anderson, Author Of The House With Chicken Legs

This mesmeric tale of three gutsy sisters on a vital quest contains some of the most exquisite descriptions of snow I’ve ever read!

– Emma Carroll, Author Of Letters From The Lighthouse

…spellbinding. The Way Past Winter has whisked me away to a land of snow-deep forests. Glorious.

– Katherine Woodfine, Author Of The Sinclair’s Mysteries


Set in a vividly realised parallel world laced with magical realism, [GoIS] is a mesmerising debut of maps, myths and girls of enormous courage.

The Bookseller, Editor's Choice

I read it, I loved it...gripping [and] beautifully written.

Malorie Blackman, author and former Children's Laureate

Truly special ... Beautiful writing creates a fairytale feel, making this a must-read for young fantasy fans.

Guardian, Summer Round-Up

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