- Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award (2021)
- Shortlisted for Bath Children's Novel Award (2018), Andersen Prize (Italy, 2021), and Iris Award (International Schools, 2021)
- Winner of the Oxfordshire Book Award (2021, junior category)
- No.1 bestselling children's hardback debut (UK, 2020)
- The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week
- The Guardian's Children's Book of the Month
Way back in the autumn of 1880, five babies are discovered at the Little Tulip Orphanage in most unusual circumstances. Those babies are Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Milou.
The vile matron calls the children 'the unadoptables' but this talented gang of best friends know that their individuality is what makes them so special - and so determined to stay together.
When a sinister gentleman tries to get them in his clutches, the children make a daring escape across the frozen canals of Amsterdam, embarking on an adventure packed with pirate ships and puppets. But is their real home - and their real family - already closer than they realize?
"A high-speed, witty, absurd and joyful adventure." - Katherine Rundell
"Perfection!" - Robin Stevens
"A corker of a story." - Emma Carroll
"A wonderfully entertaining adventure and captivating mystery." - Julia Eccleshare, M.B.E.
"Smooth as Amsterdam velvet... a book to absolutely fall in love with." - Cerrie Burnell
"Effortlessly merging the gothic and the ghastly with the eccentric and the absurd." - Waterstones
Coming soon... (March, 2022)
Ema Vašková has always been extraordinary. The twelfth child in her family, born on the twelfth day, of the twelfth month as the clock struck twelve, she is fascinated by shadows and has a very particular skill for sneaking up on people - much to the bewilderment of her parents and siblings.
When Ema is sent to stay with her eccentric, bicycle-making Uncle in Prague, she meets Silvie - a girl just as extraordinary as Ema. Together they befriend bats, trawl treasures from the river and establish one firm rule: adventures are best served at midnight.
So when Silvie goes missing, Ema is determined to find her. Even if that means facing her darkest fears and infiltrating a very peculiar secret society known as The Midnight Guild . . .