We’ve got a pitch-perfect winter read for you – The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on An Iceberg by celebrated writer Emily Critchley, is published today by Everything With Words.

Having been nominated for the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, Emily is well-known for her poetic style and exploration of real-life issues with a warm and empathetic hand. Upon the release of her YA novel, Notes on My Family (Everything with Words) in 2018, she was praised as “exceptional” in the Sunday Times, and selected for their children’s book of the week.

Emily’s already feeling the love from fellow writers for her winning new novel, including author and journalist Richard Lambert:

In Emily’s first venture into Middle Grade writing, you’ll find the witty and heart-warming story of Patrick, a troubled young boy who makes an unbelievable discovery, in the freezer of all places:

A brilliantly funny and touching story about a boy who finds a polar bear in his parents’ freezer. How did Monty get there? And who is Monty? Official name, Wilbur Ambrose Cedric Reginald Montague, the Third; Monty to his friends. A huge polar bear who talks like he might have swallowed a dictionary as well as a library – he has read more books than Patrick knew existed – and whose stomach is always rumbling. ALWAYS. But how is Patrick going to feed him on his pocket money that does not stretch much further than a few tins of sardines?

Emily Critchley studied Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University and is currently completing her MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked both in interior design and as a bookseller in Bloomsbury and Hampstead. Notes on My Family, Emily’s debut novel, was long-listed for the Branford Boase award, shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book award, nominated for the Carnegie medal and featured as The Sunday Times children’s book of the week.

This is a book that will both give you chills and warm your heart, and we’re so pleased it’s finally in the hands of readers! Congratulations, Emily, on another wonderful release.