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Marcus Sedgwick is the author of White Crow and Revolver, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in the UK and was named a Printz Honor book in the US. The author of eleven widely admired previous novels, he lives near Cambridge, England.

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..".a story that's simultaneously romantic, tragic, horrifying, and transcendental is more than enough to hold readers' attention, no matter their age." --Publishers Weekly, starred review"Part love story, part mystery, part horror, this is as much about the twisting hand of fate as it is about the mutability of folk tales. Its strange spell will capture you." --Booklist, starred review"The Time Traveler's Wife meets Lost in this chilling exploration of love and memory . . . Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite." --Kirkus, starred review"Sedgwick's prose is unadorned yet melancholic. . ." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"Sedgwick's prose is taut, careful, and chilling." --The Horn Book, starred review"Reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas . . . stark, suspenseful writing." --School Library Journal ...a story that's simultaneously romantic, tragic, horrifying, and transcendental is more than enough to hold readers' attention, no matter their age. "Publishers Weekly, starred review" Part love story, part mystery, part horror, this is as much about the twisting hand of fate as it is about the mutability of folk tales. Its strange spell will capture you. "Booklist, starred review" "The Time Traveler's Wife" meets "Lost" in this chilling exploration of love and memory . . . Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. "Kirkus, starred review" Sedgwick's prose is unadorned yet melancholic. . . "BCCB, starred review" Sedgwick's prose is taut, careful, and chilling. "The Horn Book, starred review" Reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas . . . stark, suspenseful writing. "School Library Journal"" Starred Review, "Publishers Weekly," December 17th 2012 issue: ..".a story that's simultaneously romantic, tragic, horrifying, and transcendental is more than enough to hold readers' attention, no matter their age." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred reviewStarred Review, "Booklist," December 1st 2012 issue: "Part love story, part mystery, part horror, this is as much about the twisting hand of fate as it is about the mutability of folk tales. Its strange spell will capture you." - "Booklist," starred review Starred Review, "Kirkus," December 1st 2012 issue: ""The Time Traveler's Wife" meets "Lost" in this chilling exploration of love and memory . . . Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. " -- "Kirkus," starred review Starred Review, "BCCB," February 2013 issue: "Sedgwick's prose is unadorned yet melancholic. . ." -- "BCCB," starred review Starred Review, "The Horn Book," March/April 2013 issue: "Sedgwick's prose is taut, careful, and chilling." -- "The Horn Book," starred review "Reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas . . . stark, suspenseful writing." -- "School Library Journal" Starred Review, "Publishers Weekly", December 17th 2012 issue: ."..a story that's simultaneously romantic, tragic, horrifying, and transcendental is more than enough to hold readers' attention, no matter their age." -- "Publishers Weekly", starred reviewStarred Review, "Booklist", December 1st 2012 issue: "Part love story, part mystery, part horror, this is as much about the twisting hand of fate as it is about the mutability of folk tales. Its strange spell will capture you." - "Booklist", starred review Starred Review, "Kirkus", December 1st 2012 issue: ""The Time Traveler's Wife" meets "Lost" in this chilling exploration of love and memory . . . Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. " -- "Kirkus", starred review Starred Review, "BCCB", February 2013 issue: "Sedgwick's prose is unadorned yet melancholic. . ." -- "BCCB", starred review Starred Review, "The Horn Book", March/April 2013 issue: "Sedgwick's prose is taut, careful, and chilling." -- "The Horn Book", starred review "Reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas . . . stark, suspenseful writing." -- "School Library Journal" Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 17th 2012 issue: ."..a story that's simultaneously romantic, tragic, horrifying, and transcendental is more than enough to hold readers' attention, no matter their age."Starred Review, "Booklist", December 1st 2012 issue: "Part love story, part mystery, part horror, this is as much about the twisting hand of fate as it is about the mutability of folk tales. Its strange spell will capture you." - "Booklist", starred review Starred Review, "Kirkus", December 1st 2012 issue: ""The Time Traveler's Wife" meets "Lost" in this chilling exploration of love and memory . . . Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. " -- "Kirkus", starred review

Gr 9 Up-Beginning in July 2073, Sedgwick's new novel makes its way backward through time, drawing readers into seven stories from different eras. Whether it is a 21st-century archaeologist, a World War II pilot, or a Viking king, there are subtle but tell-tale signs of the threads that bind them together over the centuries-the echoes of particular names and phrases, the persistence of a mysterious dragon orchid, and other seemingly innocuous moments that all hint at the dark mystery at the center of this lyrical yet horrifying tale. The plot is reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (Sceptre, 2004), with its themes of love and reincarnation, as well as of the cult-movie-turned-book Robin Hardy's Wicker Man (Crown, 1978), with its setting of remote and sinister island inhabitants. The many characters are vividly real and distinct from one another, despite making only brief appearances. Each of these vignettes seem rich enough to be worthy of a novel of its own, and readers might almost wish they could pause in each fascinating, detailed moment rather than be swept through time-and the novel-on the current of a cursed love. Although fans of the author's Revolver (Roaring Brook, 2010) will likely flock to this book to relish more of Sedgwick's stark, suspenseful writing, new readers might find that there are more questions left unanswered than are resolved.-Evelyn Khoo Schwartz, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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