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Cathryn Constable read Theology at Cambridge University and then went on to work at Vogue, and Elle. She wrote for many newspapers and magazines before turning to writing children’s fiction.

Her first novel, The Wolf Princess, published by Chicken House in 2012, was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book of the Year and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. It has been sold to 16 territories and two audios (UK and USA). She is working on her second novel, The White Tower, again for Chicken House.


Lonely schoolgirl Sophie has always had a strange yearning to visit Russia, but never expects her wish will come true – until an encounter with a mysterious visitor to her humdrum boarding school leads to an unexpected chance for her to travel there on a school trip. Together with two of her friends, she sets off for St Petersburg, but not long after they arrive, they find themselves on the wrong train, and are soon lost in an unknown and mysterious wilderness.

The three girls are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who whisks them away to her crumbling yet magnificent Winter Palace in the depths of the Russian countryside. But there’s something rather odd about their rescuer, even as she intrigues them with tales of lost diamonds and her family’s tragic past. What is really going on at the Winter Palace – and why exactly did the three girls end up there? As wolves howl in the forests outside, Sophie determines to discover the truth in a palace full of strange secrets.


When Livy’s accepted at Temple College, a school for the very brightest, no one is more surprised than her, though she has always felt different. Recently, Livy’s been drawn to the roof, where, among its towering stone angels, she has the strangest desire to fly. But her behaviour is noticed by others, for whom the ability to defy gravity is a possible reality …one that they’ll stop at nothing to use for their own ends.

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