By Katharine Orton

An enchanting magical adventure set in the wild moors of Dartmoor – the second middle-grade novel from the bestselling Katharine Orton.

Through the glass, the magic is waiting... Nona and her uncle travel everywhere together, replacing stained-glass windows in war-torn buildings. When a mysterious commission takes them to the lonely moors of Dartmoor, Nona discovers a wild and powerful magic which threatens everything. Can Nona protect those she loves – even if it means fighting darkness itself? A beautifully imaginative and rich adventure about determination, courage and the power of love, set in the aftermath of World War Two. Perfect for fans of Abi Elphinstone, Sophie Anderson and Catherine Doyle.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406385236
  • Published: 05 Nov 2020
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 336

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Customer reviews


'Featured in The Bookseller's November Previews.' The Bookseller

'Rich and atmospheric, Glassheart feels like a long-lost folktale brimming with ghostly magic.'

'A masterfully written story surging with powerful energy, as brilliant as the finest stained glass. Nona is a heroine you'll never forget.'

'Shatteringly good. Katharine Orton writes about history as someone who understands it, and about magic as though she could probably do it.'

'Glassheart shimmers with magic and adventure ... A story that left a sparkling splinter in my soul.'

'Glassheart is a coming-of-age story set on Dartmoor in the aftermath of WW2. It’s a magical adventure with Nona a courageous heroine battling against the darkness. With echoes of Susan Cooper, this has all the feel of a classic.'

'An extract was featured in WRD Magazine.' WRD

'Please read some lovely reviews from below: “This book is a perfect blend of magic and adventure. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very exciting and there are really great descriptions in the writing, that really helped to visualise everything. I definitely would recommend this book and I’d say it’s best suited for children aged 9 plus.” – Tmatt79, age 10 “This is a really beautiful book- full of lovely descriptions. This book is riveting - full of fantasy and magic. It was hard to put down as I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.” – Redkite, age 10 “This book was a beautiful and heart-warming read, enveloped in magical wonders. This is a compelling and bewitching read - perfect if you enjoy the Worst Witch series! Thank you Toppsta!” – LoveToRead17, age 12 “This book is a work of art; it is truly a masterpiece. Katharine Orton is an artist, twisting words into something beautiful and unique. Her prose is like poetry: each word is selected for maximum impact and purpose. Reading one of her books is like visiting a museum or listening to a piece of music. I am never more aware of my inability to eloquently articulate than when I read her writing, which makes this review all the more difficult to write! I very much look forward to sharing it with my Year 5 class.” – MrsC_KS2' Toppsta

'Orton’s fantastical world is creepily drawn; even better is her understanding of grief, suffering and healing.' The Observer (The New Review)

'I loved the additions of spirits, unique creatures and extra mysteries to solve, which are scattered throughout the duration of the story. It has a thrilling plotline and exceptional characters that collaborate to create a nail-biting tale. There are plenty of edge-of-the-seat scenes, where you just keep guessing what is going to happen next. I was enthralled by the battles and challenges that are thrown at the characters at every turn.' Books Up North

'This is Katharine Orton's second novel, after last year's wonderful debut Nevertell. This is another lovely fantasy adventure novel, an easy read with lots of twists and turns. Great for fans of Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor.' The School Librarian

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