Hana Tooke

Hana grew up near Amsterdam and moved to the south of England at the age of twelve. After completing a degree in music, and then a PGCE, Hana was a primary school teacher for several years. She now works in special educational needs and lives in Bath with two humans and a cat. The Unadoptables was longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018. 

Hana is represented by Jenny Savill at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.



About The Unadoptables

Milou and four fellow orphans were deemed ‘unadoptable’ the moment they arrived at the Little Tulip orphanage. When the matron decides she wants rid of them, they avoid falling into the hands of a menacing sugar merchant by faking their own adoption and fleeing Amsterdam. Over frozen canals and out onto the mist-drenched polder, the orphans follow a clue they hope will lead them to safety: an address, hidden inside the toy Milou was abandoned with. They arrive to find a deserted windmill, filled with puppets and mysteries.

Will they be able to hold on to their newfound freedom? What happened to the puppet-maker’s family? And will Milou find the one thing she’s wanted her entire life; her true family?

The Unadoptables is a gothic adventure, set in 19thcentury Netherlands, about embracing the things that make us unique and discovering what ‘family’ truly means.