Emma Carroll: YA/MG Books I’ll be Gifting This Christmas

Emma Carroll
When she isn’t writing, Emma Carroll teaches English part-time at a secondary school in Devon. She has also worked as a news reporter, an avocado picker and the person who punches holes into filofax paper. She graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing For Young People.

You can follow her on twitter: @emmac2603

YA/MG Books I’ll be Gifting This Christmas

For me, books are up there amongst the very best of gifts. It’s not always easy to get right, but if you do then you’ve given someone hours of entertainment, engagement, happiness, experience, education… I could gush on. I’m certainly hoping Santa brings me a book or two.

Here are five books I’ll be giving as presents this Christmas. (spoiler alert: if you’re a family member look away now!)


Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Because it’s a genuine feel-good story premise, and I want to borrow it afterwards. (what? That’s not the reason you give presents? Oh.)


Trouble by Non Pratt
One of my favourite YA reads this year, it gives us complex teenagers in a very real, often unforgiving world. I know just the teen for this book; I’m sure she’ll love it just like I did.


Five Children On the Western Front by Kate Saunders
I reviewed this as a guest on the Down The Rabbit Hole radio show back in September, and we all agreed then what a stunning book it was. I’ve not decided who’s getting this yet, but it might well be an adult.


Murder Most UnLadylike by Robin Stevens
Lots of praise of this book in 2014, and as one family member is a big fan of boarding school stories/ murder mysteries this could be a MG match made in heaven.


The Tornado Chasers by Ross Montgomery
A bonkers book with a serious heart, The Tornado Chasers is a true original. It’s part adventure, part-dystopian, part- morality tale, so has a little bit of something for everyone. Hmmm… I might have to buy a few of these…


Frost Hollow Hall

“The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.”

Tilly’s heart sinks. Will’s at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted… Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.

Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost.

Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It’s all about the dead here, she’s told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets…

You can read my reviews of Emma’s books by clicking on the titles:
Frost Hollow Hall
The Girl Who Walked On Air
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