Snowbone cover
Snowbone Book Cover

If you’ve read BARKBELLY, you’ll remember Snowbone… She’s the strange, pale wooden girl whom we last saw sitting on a beach in Ashenpeake, ‘lost to the wind and the waves.’

In SNOWBONE, the thrilling sequel to BARKBELLY, Snowbone becomes a fierce warrior, determined to fight for her people’s freedom. With Figgis, Blackeye and her gang of tiddlins marching beside her, Snowbone hunts for the slave traders. But the slavers won’t give in without a fight… Will Snowbone live to tell the tale?

Flying ships, exploding volcanoes, man-eating plants, hungry cannibals, burning buildings – they’re all here, in a brand new, whirlwind adventure!


This book is a testament to the imagination. A children’s novel that will appeal to adults, Cat Weatherill’s sequel to Barkbelly broaches issues of slavery, love and death while maintaining a magical charm – The Big Issue

My particular favourite… a journey of discovery where they learn more about themselves than anything else – Level Up, BBC 2 / CBBC

The book is filled with action… made all the more powerful by a spiritual undercurrent and moments of intense lyrical beauty. As the story progresses Snowbone grows in maturity, gaining wisdom and knowledge through her experiences. This is a dazzling book, inventive in plot and rich in language – Carousel Guide to Children’s Books

  • Shortlisted for the West Sussex Children’s Book Award
  • Published in America by Knopf Books
  • Reading age 9+/teens

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10 thoughts on “Snowbone

  • December 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    AAAAAAA!! I LOVE this book!!! It is one of my favorite books, ever. But I want to find out what happens to Blackeye… When he had that, ‘dream’ where Mouse had moved on and was a tree, I nearly CRIED. I couldn’t beleive that he would never see mouse again!! But, was that in the FUTURE or had it happened?? Anyway, PLEASE write ANOTHER sequel, about Blackeye, or Tigermane. I NEED to find out what happened!!! Im kind of writing my own sequel, I want to be a writer… But put it this way, it isnt very good. But, I LOVE snowbone, and Barkbelly, too!!!!
    -Catrin, 13

  • January 9, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Hello Catrin

    There WAS going to be a third book in the series. It was going to be called TIGERMANE, and it would have followed Tigermane, Blackeye and Manu on their separate journeys. Sadly, my publishers decided they would like something completely different instead – so I wrote WILD MAGIC.

    You are not the first person to write to me about Blackeye! He is definitely the character who captured everyone’s hearts in SNOWBONE.

    Thanks for writing!


  • April 5, 2012 at 8:01 am


    Dear Cat,
    Please do the sequel- even if you publish it as an e-book by yourself. My Mum can’t wait to read it as well.



  • April 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Hello Josie! There are no plans for a sequel at the moment.. sorry! I did have one planned – TIGERMANE – but my publishers decided, right at the last moment, they would like something different. So I wrote WILD MAGIC instead. I am thinking of bringing out an e-book, but it is a very different kind of story – fast, funny and set in a modern school.

  • May 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    you HAVE to make a sequel. The book is really good. I’m still thinking about it now. Please! please! please! I LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEE the book

  • May 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Why do some of the books have UNCORRECTED BOOK PROOF on? As well those ones dont have a map(I’ve got one of them)

  • June 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Where did you get this Snowbone? An ‘uncorrected book proof’ doesn’t get sold in the shops. It is sent out free to newspapers, magazines, book reviewers, tv stations etc WEEKS before the final book goes on sale. This has to be done because magazines work a long way ahead. So if you want them to be talking about your book when it comes out, they have to get it ahead of time. It is a very simple form of the book – just the words. They don’t need to see things like maps, so they are left out. And it is called ‘uncorrected’ because it hasn’t had its final check – so there might be spelling mistakes still in it, or things that need adding. Sometimes the book cover changes too, if a quote comes in.

  • June 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I love Snowbone too 🙂 Still no plans for a sequel though. SORRY!!!

  • June 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I really loved the book, and I really REALLY want the sequel. If your publishers don’t like the book, you can publish it using despite the content. Thankyou!!!

  • June 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I would have to WRITE it first 🙂 That might take some time…

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