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The Midnight Guardians

The Midnight Guardians

Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month
Guardian Children’s Book of the Year 2020

Sometimes at the darkest hour,
Hope shines the brightest…

When Col’s childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. Accompanied by his guardians – a six-foot tiger, a badger in a waistcoat and a miniature knight – Col must travel to Blitz-bombed London to save his sister.

But there are darker forces at work, even than the Nazi bombings. Soon Col is pursued by the terrifying Midwinter King, who is determined to bring an eternal darkness down over everything…

“Pure magic. Storytelling at its very best.” Abi Elphinstone, author of RUMBLESTAR

“Spectacular. A story of real and rare power – one of the best books I’ve read in years.” Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS

“Funny, thrilling, moving … everything that is brilliant about children’s literature.” Sophie Anderson, author of THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS

“An enthralling, Narnia-flavoured novel with the folkloric feels of a Christmas classic.” Children’s Books of the Year, Guardian

Midnight Guardians COVER

Ages: 9+
Published by: Walker Books Ltd, November 2020
Front Cover by David Dean
ISBN: 978-1406391183 

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. “This book has the power to become a classic. It takes me on a rollercoaster of joy, sadness and peace. However, there is one issue with it. You can’t put it down!”

  2. I have just finished reading this book and I know I will read it again and again. It is a modern classic: full of heart and imagination with the ability to thrill and to move the reader deeply. You get caught up with the story and the characters and you are transported to a time in British history with which we are all familiar and yet the author makes you see it with fresh eyes. Oh and the magical aspect to the story puts it up there with the works of C S Lewis. With the parallels the author draws with things happening in modern times (he doesn’t overdo it; he does not preach), this is a must read for anyone. Not just for children.

  3. Hi Ross,
    I really love ❤️ your book ‘The Midnight Guardians’.For me,it’s up there with the Harry Potter books and the Hobbit.
    I got this book from Santa last Christmas and it’s SUPERB!
    Best Wishes,

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