Winner of the 2001 Fidler Award for a first novel for children, a fresh and original blend of fantasy and adventure.
Edward's vision of a land far across the sea brings him hope that his father is alive and well, and didn't perish in the storm. If only he could reach the island and look for Dad. When he rescues Bur, the mysterious young man from the waves, Edward is given the chance to attempt the perilous quest, but time is fast running out . . .
Elliott is one of [the Fidler Award's] worthiest winners. This atmospheric debut novel [is] heavy on Kleenex - The Glasgow Herald
an entertaining and intriguing read ... a stirring adventure story, with lots to grip the imagination and set the mind thinking. - Carousel
I've just read this book, which is sooo good ... I couldn't put it down. - Mizz magazine reader review
The standard of writing displayed by the winners of the Fidler Award is high, and 'The Ice Boy' is no exception. - Writers' News
A remarkable first novel ... here is a writer whom you can trust. - Armadillo
gripping to say the least! - Artsline UK.com
gripping ... impossible to put down. - The Hounslow Chronicle
Patricia Elliott was born in London, but grew up in Europe and the Far East. A voracious reader since childhood 'where she had the resources of ten different school libraries', she also made up ghost stories to scare her friends! As an adult, she worked in publishing in London and in a children's bookshop in New York. She now teaches a course in children's literature at an adult education college, and is writing further novels. She lives in Barnes with her husband and two sons. Her first book, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a first novel, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the West Sussex award. Her second novel, Murkmere, was longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.