“Unsworth presents the reader with a vivid evocation of colonial India, which is rich with detail of the animal and plant life that dominate the jungle … [The] plot involving Elsie’s invented heroine provides a rich relatable subtext that helps the reader draw connections between the historic events and the unfolding contemporary climate and conservation crisis”
the Irish Times, on The Time Traveller and the Tiger.
“A beautifully written and thought-provoking mix of adventure, time travel and historical story with strong, engaging characters and themes of friendship, righting wrongs, and conservation.”
“Themes of conservation and family mystery are woven into a deeply satisfying adventure.”
“A classic adventure, worth reading alone for the transporting evocation of the mighty, beautiful, much misunderstood creature at its heart.”
Piers Torday, on The Time Traveller and the Tiger.
“Lyrical writing with a hint of dark magic in a tale of grief, loss and finding yourself.”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, on The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid.
“It’s hard not to get caught in the current of this magical tale about family and identity.”
Alex O’Connell, The Times, on The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid.
Children’s Book of the Week.
“The story is teasing and suspenseful, and written with vivacity and elegance, and the danger is resolved in a way that is uplifting.”
“Young readers will be rooting for Daisy as she prepares to fight for her home and flee if necessary in this entrancing story that will keep everyone guessing till the very end.”
Barnes and Noble Kid’s Blog, on The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.
“A nice read-alike for fans of Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener or Neil Gaiman’s Coraline… A solid purchase for middle grade students who enjoy creepy stories with elements of magical realism.”
School Library Journal, on The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.
“Has the beguiling flavor of Katharine Rundell’s Rooftoppers, being as much about the inner journey as the outer.”
Amanda Craig, New Statesman: Best Children’s Books for Spring, on The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.
“A fantastic new adventure for slightly younger readers.”
Sunday Express, The Best Reads in 2016, on The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.
“Brilliantly conceived… Subtle and thought-provoking, the novel is entertaining and heartfelt.”
Kirkus Reviews, on The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.
“A proper page-turning thriller…your blood runs cold.”
Guardian/Observer, on The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.
“A timeless story that deserves to become a children’s classic for decades to come.”
“The novel is beautifully paced, the setting vivid, the plot disturbing, the finale thrilling.”
“The book is a real page turner, some of us read it in four days. We couldn’t put it down!”
“…fast-paced and gripping. An original dystopian story for middle-grade readers.”
“Wonderfully original, a little sinister, this debut is a cracker.”
The Sun, on The One Safe Place.
“A brilliant and disturbing debut novel.”
“A lightning-fast and spine-chilling novel.”
Michael Grant, best-selling author of Gone, on The One Safe Place.
“This frightening and mysterious book surprised me again and again. Unsworth has created a world where nothing is as it seems and horrors lurk around every corner”
R.L. Stine, on The One Safe Place.