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My Swordhand is Singing

My Swordhand is Singing (Paperback)

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An original interpretation of the timelessly fascinating vampire myth, and a story of father and son, by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick. Winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter, Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust. Despite the villagers' lack of hospitality, they settle there as woodcutters. But there are many things Peter does not understand. Why does Tomas dig a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so they live on an isolated island? Why does Tomas carry a long battered box everywhere they go - and refuse to tell Peter of its contents?When a band of gypsies comes to the village, Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, and intoxicated by her community's love of life. He even becomes drawn into their deadly quest - for these travellers are Vampire Slayers, and Chust is a community to which the dead return to wreak revenge on the living. Stylishly written and set in the forbidding and remote landscapes of the 17th century, this is a story of a father and his son, of loss, redemption and resolution.

Children'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fiction Publisher: Hachette Children's Group Publication Date: 03/05/2007 ISBN-13: 9781842555583  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Marcus Sedgwick is a full time author. His first novel, Floodland, won the Branford Boase Award for the best debut children's novel of 2000. Since then his books have been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Costa Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Find his website at www.marcussedgwick.com and follow him on Twitter @marcussedgwick.

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My Swordhand is Singing is a vampire novel, but these vampires are not the pretty boy creations of romantic fantasy; they are the dead come back to life intent on increasing their number by violence and trickery. Peter lives outside the local village with his father, Tomas, a man battling with many demons, not only drink. When 'hostages' begin to rise around them and the Elders of the village find their collective is failing, a band of gypsies will show Peter that Tomas was once more than the broken man he has become. A beautifully written tale of a father's redemption and a son's courage and understanding. - Sam

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/03/2011

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