The Secret of Platform 13 (25th Anniversary Edition)

Author(s): Eva Ibbotson

Middle Fiction

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Eva Ibbotson's funny, fantastical, magical story of mistaken identity, with a brand new edition, fully illustrated by Beatriz Castro.


Under Platform 13 at King's Cross Station there is a secret door that leads to a magical island. It appears only once every nine years. And when it finally opens, four mysterious figures step into the streets of London. A wizard, an ogre, a fey, and a young hag have come to find the prince of their kingdom, stolen as a baby nine years before.


But the prince has become a horrible rich boy called Raymond Trottle, who doesn't understand magic and is determined not to be rescued.


The Secret of Platform 13 is an exciting magical adventure from Eva Ibbotson, the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, in a brand new edition illustrated by Beatriz Castro.

PUBLICATION OCTOBER 2019


Ruth's Review:


Before Harry Potter there was Eva Ibbotson’s funny and magical story about a special door under platform 13 at King’s Cross Station that leads to a secret island. The door opens for only nine days every nine years and our story starts with a wizard, an ogre, a fey and a young hag, who have come to London to rescue the baby prince who was stolen nine years earlier. But the prince has turned into a horrible boy called Raymond Trottle who does NOT want to be rescued.

An equally entertaining sequel, Beyond Platform 13, by Sibeal Pounder has just been published to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original book. The Island of Mist is under siege and Odge Gribble (the hag) travels through the gump to Vienna to find a special mistmaker to save her island. But in yet another case of mistaken identity, she finds Lina, a nine-year-old girl looking for adventure. We meet old friends and make new ones in this wonderful, magical romp for readers aged 8+

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781529002454
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Macmillan Children's Books
  • : October 2019
  • : .01 Inches X 5.12 Inches X 7.76 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 823.914
  • : 304
  • : Eva Ibbotson
  • : Paperback
  • : 1910
  • : Beatriz Castro
  • : English