Emma Carroll's books have sold over half a million copies! The future has a lot to learn from the past in this time-travelling adventure that explores the before and after of global warming.
On one side of the underwater street is the remains of a house . . . It's beautiful here, and eerie, a lost kingdom, a ghost village . . .
It's the near-future and Britain is having yet another heatwave. Of course, the government have put in the normal curfews for this kind of weather, and shops are forced to shut again. For Polly, it's the sort of heat that makes her do wild, out-of-character things just to cool down.
Like face her fear of deepwater. Essential when she and her brother have been sent to their aunt's eco lake-side house for the summer.
But Truthwater Lake is beginning to dry up. As the water level diminishes, a lost village emerges. Swimming over the rooftops at midnight, Polly dives down and is suddenly able to breathe, to hear church bells and bird song . . . Polly has discovered an underwater gateway . . . to the past!
Absolutely gorgeous. ― Hilary McKay
Gripping ... intensely readable ... a vision of the past through a thought-provoking near-future lens. ― Guardian, Best Books of 2022
Spellbinding. ― School Reading List
Gorgeously told. I couldn't stop turning the pages. ― Nicola Penfold, Book of the Month, Love Reading
A must-read that promises to stay with you for a very long time. ― Just Imagine
The Tale of Truthwater Lake is trademark Emma Carroll, with a strong and relevant message (this time, protecting the environment) and a pacy, twisty plot. But, more than anything, it's a story about the lasting power of friendship. As we venture into the future as well as the past, Carroll intriguingly connects the lives of her characters. A book full of gutsy charm! -- Lesley Parr, author of The Valley of Lost Secrets
This lovely and satisfying read explores climate change, history and friendship. -- Book of the Week ― The Week Junior
An enthralling, original story with great characters. ― The Tablet
Gripping and fast-paced. ― Books for Topics
Sublime storytelling. A truly extraordinary and remarkable story. ― Book Lover Jo
Exhilarating. ― FT
Combining the gripping story of an indomitable young swimmer with quiet observations on the impact of human activity, this intensely readable novel shows the 9+ reader a vision of the past through a thought-provoking near-future lens. ― The Guardian
After the extraordinary heatwave in Europe this summer, the events in Emma Carroll's novel, set in 2032, seem all too relevant. Blisteringly hot weather causes the titular reservoir to dry up, revealing a drowned village that contains a portal to the past. Together, exhilaratingly, two girls separated by time confront and overcome challenges. ― Financial Times
It is a gripping and exciting story with a powerful message, as well as a thrilling story line. -- Arthur, Aged 13 ― Books up North
About the Author
Emma Carroll taught English for twenty years until a life-changing cancer diagnosis meant that she felt brave enough to give her dream of being an author a try. Nowadays she's a bestselling author and has been nominated for and won numerous awards - including Books Are My Bag Readers' Award, Branford Boase, CILIP Carnegie Medal, Young Quills, Teach Primary and the Waterstones Book Prize. Emma lives in the Somerset Hills with her husband and their two terriers.