The Secret of Splint Hall

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 9+

Fantasy & Magical Realism Family & Home Stories Mysteries & The Supernatural Adventure Stories Second World War

Two girls must unearth an ancient myth hidden deep beneath the mysterious Splint Hall...

1945. War has ended, but for sisters Flora and Isobel the struggles still continue. They’ve lost their father and had their home destroyed in a bombing raid, and now they must go to live with their aunt and her awful husband Mr Godfrey in their ancestral home, Splint Hall.

From the moment of their arrival it seems that this is a place shrouded in mysteries and secrets. Who are the strange men who arrive with packages at night? What is the source of the strange blue sparks coming from the ground? And why do the locals seem to hate their family so much? As the girls begin to unearth an ancient myth and family secret, the adventure of a lifetime begins.


Katie Cotton studied English Literature at Oxford University before becoming an author and editor of children’s books. Her books Counting Lions and The Road Home were both published internationally and received starred reviews in the US. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her hiking up a hill or eating cake.


Exquisite storytelling . . . A future classic

Phil Earle

An exquisitely crafted historical mystery with an exciting twist — every page felt like discovering jewels in a treasure box

Katie Tsang, bestselling author of Dragon Mountain

Stirring, captivating fantasy with an emotional punch, bridling with magic

Ross Montgomery

Ideal for Emma Carroll fans, this striking debut marries crisp historical realism with unsettling, believable fantasy.

The Guardian

… think Famous Five meets Indiana Jones. A terrific book by an accomplished storyteller.

Irish Independent

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