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A tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic Circle, where a boy confronts a stranger come to take revenge on his dead father.

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Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. He lives in Cambridge and has a young daughter, Alice.

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Gr 7 Up-Narrator Peter Berkrot chillingly and expertly brings to life Marcus Sedgwick's short, yet intense mystery (Roaring Brook, 2010). Pitch-perfect voicing, suspenseful and satisfying pacing, and spot-on character portrayals draw listeners inside the cold and brutal atmosphere of a lonely cabin 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle in 1910. Sig, the 14-year-old son of a practical and proud man, is alone in a small, dark cabin with his father's dead body awaiting the return of his sister and his stepmother who have gone to find help after his father was found frozen to death. But he doesn't have long to grieve alone before a large and fearsome man enters the cabin claiming that the boy's father had cheated prospectors out of gold. As Sig tries to reconcile this confusing news with pieces of his past, listeners will do the same along with him and two inanimate objects that take on character roles within the story-the old Colt revolver his father taught him to shoot and the Colt revolver belonging to the ominous stranger. The backstory is told through flashbacks to the 1899 Alaska gold rush in alternating segments. Berkrot's fully-voiced and emotive telling will keep listeners on the edge as they visualize Sig, his surroundings, and every moment in time from beginning to the satisfying and climactic end. An excellent choice for school and public libraries and an ideal selection for reluctant readers.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Sedgwick is a marvellously original writer - MagpiesQuality storytelling in this chilling Nordic thriller, tautly plotted with a clever twist. - Fiona Noble - THE BOOKSELLERA tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic Circle... Gripping from the start it brings into sharp-focus decisions that 15 year-old Sig must make; decisions that could mean life or death, both for him and his remaining family. - LOVEREADING4KIDS - Julia EccleshareDensely written and chilling in every sense of the word, Revolver is a rare little gem for teens and adults alike. - THEBOOKBAGIt is an account of the power of weaponry to level a playing field, which is something you don't often think about, but it is also a punchily written, first-rate action story - THE TELEGRAPH - Toby Clementsthis novel of only 167 pages is packed with more excitement and wisdom than many twice the length, and is one of my top recommendations for boys of 10+ this year - THE TIMES - Amanda CraigFrom the opening scene to the final, heart-stopping climax of this tense, edge-of-seat thriller the suspense is palpable when an avenging stranger with gold lust forces Sig to do the unthinkable. Truly electrifying and unforgettable. - THE ROARBrilliantly written characters, vivid locations and a deep and powerful story make Revolver a book not to be missed. It might be a quick read,

Sig is the teenaged son of Einar Andersson, who has fallen through the ice of a frozen lake and died. Sig sits with his father's body in their small, cold cabin when along comes a knock at the door. Gunther Wolff claims that Einar owed him half of a fortune in gold. Now, with Einar dead, Sig must find the gold or another way to get this menacing stranger out of his cabin and his life-with or without the use of his father's ancient revolver. Why It Is for Us: The suspense mounts in this atmospheric story, which pits faith and forgiveness against the cold will to survive. Placed 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle at the turn of the (last) century, this book will keep readers shivering even through triple-digit temperatures.-Angelina Benedetti, "35 Going on 13," BookSmack! 7/15/2010 Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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