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Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus SedgwickMarcus Sedgwick worked in publishing and bookselling before becoming a full time writer, She is not Invisible class= class=first of YA fiction, often tense pyschological thrillers with supernatural elements, and then also short stories and books for younger chidren, such as the Raven Mysteries series, as well as picture books. His first novel, Floodland, won the Branford Boase Award for the best debut children's novel of 2000. Since then his books have either been shortlisted for or won more than 30 awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His latest novel is She Is Not Invisible, about a blind girl's attempt to find her missing father, taking her strange young brother Benjamin with her.

Marcus lives near Cambridge, is Author in Residence at Bath Spa University, teaches creative writing, and is currently working on film and TV projects with his brother Julian.

Below, Marcus ponders over why brothers and sisters seem never to get on well in YA fiction, and picks five of his favourite positive portrayals of sibling relationships.

 

 

Author Picks

Brothers and sisters who actually like each other? That's a far-fetched idea, or so you might be forgiven for thinking from a cursory glance at a typical YA title. It's something of a cliché that siblings in fiction have to hate each other at worst, uneasily tolerate each other at best. And while there are plenty of examples of such relationships, it's a bit harder to find positive portrayals of sibling relations in fiction. Perhaps the argument is that this is more realistic, but in the visits I make to schools I'm always coming across wonderful examples of sisters who like their brothers, and, yes, even brothers who like their sisters. So here's a list of five books where the siblings not only tolerate each other, my goodness; they actually seem to like each other...

 

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Millions
(Paperback)
Frank Cottrell Boyce
 
This is a wonderful book for many reasons – it’s a happy book, and that’s a really good thing, but the most wonderful part of it for me is the relationship between Damian and Anthony, two brothers who stumble over a vast pile of cash, and then get into all sorts of trouble as a result.
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Old Peter's Russian Tales
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Arthur Ransome
 
I could list any of the 12 titles that form the ‘Swallows and Amazons’ series, for they all feature positive depictions of brother and sisters, but I’m picking the beautifully simple moments between Vanya and Maroosia in Ransome’s collections of Russian fairy tales. Ransome loved his brother and his sister deeply, and it shows in the stories he told.
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Being Billy
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Phil Earle
 
This is a tough book, about a tough kid, but the moment when you realise that Billy would walk through Hell for his little brother and sister is the moment when this book tears at your heart and doesn’t let you go.
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On The Black Hill
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Bruce Chatwin
 
I had to choose this one. As someone who grew up, and remains, very close to his brother, this sensitive novel about the lives of two brothers in the Welsh Marches is hard to beat.
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil...
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E.L. Konigsburg
 
A modern classic in the States, something of a cult title in the UK, this is a lovely tale of Claudia, who runs away from home, taking her little brother with her. And where do they end up? The Metropolitan Museum of Art, of course…
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Available Titles By This Author

She is Not Invisible
(CD(s))
Marcus Sedgwick; Anna Cannings
 
 
£16.99
 
Lunatics and Luck
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 

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Floodland
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£6.99
 
The Foreshadowing
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£6.99
 

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White Crow
(Hardback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£9.99
 

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Ghosts and Gadgets
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 
The Book of Dead Days
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 
The Dark Horse
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£6.99
 
Witch Hill
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£6.99
 

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Vampires and Volts
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 
Cudweed in Outer Space
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£4.99
 

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Diamonds and Doom
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 
Monster Mountains
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 
Lunatics and Luck
(Hardback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 

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My Swordhand is Singing
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Marcus Sedgwick
 
£7.99
 
Revolver
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 
The Kiss of Death
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 
Blood Red, Snow White
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 
Flood and Fang: Book 1
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 
Ghosts and Gadgets
(Hardback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 

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White Crow
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 
The Swordhand Omnibus (2-in-1): My...
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£9.99
 

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Cudweed's Birthday
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£4.99
 
Magic and Mayhem
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson; ...
 
 
£6.99
 

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Fright Forest: Book 1
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 
Midwinterblood
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick
 
 
£7.99
 
Scream Sea
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£6.99
 
Cudweed's Time Machine
(Paperback)
Marcus Sedgwick; Pete Williamson
 
 
£4.99
 

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