The Ghosts of Heaven

Written by Marcus Sedgwick

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LoveReading View on The Ghosts of Heaven

One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014  This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps you on the shoulder again. There are four quarters to this story; they travel across time, yet somehow are connected and can be read in any order. The writing is clever, each story has a main character, each one different to the one that has gone before, yet linked in a vital way.  If you do choose to read the stories in a different order to the one the author has chosen, will your experience be different, will you have an altered understanding, will you feel the same when you turn the final page? Compelling yet often uncomfortable, sharp yet subtle, this will make you feel, think and question what you know; this, is a wonderfully fascinating read. ~ Liz Robinson

The Costa Award Judges thought The Ghosts of Heaven was “A startlingly original novel with a strong conceptual link to the motif of a spiral. A hugely ambitious work.”

The Ghosts of Heaven Synopsis

The spiral has existed as long as time has existed. It's there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant green dale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world, where a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny. Each takes their next step in life. None will ever go back to the same place. And so their journeys begin...

The Ghosts of Heaven Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'Sedgwick’s book is so intricate it amazed me when I started reading the first story. I just love how everything is all connected and fits together so perfectly, but despite this you still can’t predict what happens next.' Read full review >
  • Chloe Shortall, age 18 - 'I really enjoyed this fantastic novel from the award winning Marcus Segewick. All four storylines were compelling and captivating. I would recommend this novel.' Read full review >
  • Madeleine Faulkner - 'I found it quite interesting to read something outside of my comfort area, which tested my reading skills.' Read full review >
  • Emily Passmore, age 13 - 'This book is intriguing and interesting, with each section different from the others. I would definitely recommend it to others!' Read full review >
  • Jack Wilson, age 12 - 'Brilliant, complicated and different!' Read full review >

The Ghosts of Heaven Press Reviews

Praise for She Is Not Invisible

What this book proves, is that Marcus is not only one of the greatest British YA writers, but one of the most versatile too. Unlike anything he has written before and a book that will reach a whole new audience. Bloomin loved it. Phil Earle, author of HEROIC, BEING BILLY and SAVING DAISY

I was thoroughly captivated by this smart and intriguing contemporary thriller with heart. -- Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER

She is Not Invisible is an exciting, thought-provoking story - a Scarlett Thomas or A. L. Kennedy for teenagers. -- Anna A CASE FOR BOOKS

There's another uncompromising aspect to this superb book. Marcus Sedgwick doesn't speak down to his teen readers. He tells it how it is, without footnotes or gloss, and it's up to the reader to decide how much they want to take from his books. A rollicking good adventure? No problem - that's there and easily available. Just let your eyes slide across the bits in italics and jump to the next event. It would be a shame to do that, though, because for those prepared to deal with it, there's much, much more in this book: theories and philosophies and ideas which stretch the reader and give the adventure far greater depth and resonance. Not many novels, for adults or younger folk, contain whole pages of notes on people such as Einstein, Jung and Koestler, but this one does, because it shows what Jack Peak believes on the nature of coincidence, and it is by understanding that that Laureth and Benjamin (with the help of Stan the stuffed raven) resolve the crisis. THE BOOKBAG

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781780622217
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781780621982
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780621982
Publication date: 2nd October 2014
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Reviewed by Children

About Marcus Sedgwick

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors  Marcus was our Guest Editor in July 2010. Click here to see all his selections. Marcus began to write seriously in 1994, and his first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. Witch Hill followed in 2001, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Kiss of Death was published in paperback in April 2009, and picked up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). In between came what Marcus calls “my big ...

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