The Ghosts of Heaven

Written by Marcus Sedgwick

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LoveReading View on The Ghosts of Heaven

Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category.

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.

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

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2015. 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

A cleverly interlinked novel written in four parts by Printz award-winning author, Marcus Sedgwick, about survival and discovery, and about the effect of the spiral, a symbol that has no end, on all our lives.

The spiral has existed as long as time has existed. Follow the ways of infinity to discover its meaning. 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

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His small cast are marvellous in emotion, dialogue and humour. Each and every action, no matter how far-fetched, feels entirely natural. The plot points could easily feel forced but in these hands they flow naturally. Another subtle beauty of the novel is what you experience when the novel is finished as it suddenly reveals many small details that could be overlooked. As they are revealed the wonder of the novel strengthens and becomes something special and different. I found myself comparing the book to the very successful novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. They share similarities, themes and quality of prose. From the big apple setting to the affected protagonists to the nuances in the structure and formatting of the book the two books are closely bonded, but yet enjoy a wide difference in storytelling feel. Utter Biblio

The author hasn't just provided you with a fast paced thriller, but he has also left you with ideas and puzzles to decipher. I challenge you not to come away from this book searching out the coincidences that occur in your life. I will definitely be recommending this book highly in the future as it stands out from the other YA books around at the moment. Serendipity Reviews

But beyond the mere appreciation for the type of story this book tells, She Is Not Invisible is a beautifully written story that encapsulates so much. From her touching relationship with her young brother and the way they work as a duo to the way she interacts with the world - and how the world reacts to her. Or the way that story is told in a non-linear narrative because that's how Laureth thinks. BOOKSMUGGLERS

 

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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: 9781780622217
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
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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