The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair

Cover of The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair by Natasha Hastings, illustrated by Alex T. Smith

The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair

Natasha Hastings (author), Alex T. Smith (illustrator)
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A spellbinding historical mystery for readers aged 8+

Young readers will be captivated by this thrilling fantasy adventure with beautiful illustrations

This wonderful book has all the ingredients of a future classic: a stunning historical setting, a thrilling story, magic, friendship and mystery. Plus gorgeous illustrations by the inimitable Alex T. Smith. This is the perfect wintry middle grade read from an exciting new voice in children's literature.


The Great Frost of 1683 has London in its icy grip.

Thomasina and her best friend Anne sell sweets on the frozen Thames, amid rumours of the magical Frost Fair that awakens there at night. They say if you can find the fair, Father Winter himself will grant you any wish.

And Thomasina has an impossible wish: the return of her twin brother, Arthur.

But once they discover Father Winter’s kingdom, Thomasina and Anne quickly realize the Frost Fair is not what it seems – and that some wishes never come for free.

Natasha Hastings was selected to join The London Library’s Emerging Writers Programme in 2019. Currently working as a fundraiser, she started developing The Frost Fair while studying History at Cambridge University, where she focused on gender and mental illness. She became determined, while exploring these topics, to have the lives of working women form the heartbeat of The Frost Fair.

Number of pages: 400
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 26th October 2023
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780008496081
Format: Paperback

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