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Revolver

Written by Marcus Sedgwick

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Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book Prize 2010.

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010, the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2010 and for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2009.

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

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A true coming of age story set in the snowy wastes of the Arctic with an intriguing question and a stark choice at its very heart. Read it, and think about for a long time afterwards…

The shortlisted titles for the 2010 Independent Booksellers' Award were:

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo


Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates


Auslander by Paul Dowswell


Dogs by Emily Gravett


The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech


Henderson’s Boys: The Escape by Robert Muchamore


Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray


What’s for Dinner Mr Gum? by Andy Stanton


Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce


The Last Leopard by Lauren St John


Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick


The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner

The Teenage Book Prize 2010 shortlist:


Halo - Zizou Corder



Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning



The Enemy - Charlie Higson


Revolver - Marcus Sedgwick


Out of Shadows - Jason Wallace


Unhooking the Moon - Gregory Hughes

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Revolver Synopsis

CILIP CARNEGIE Medal SHORTLIST 2010: Judges’ comments

A sparse, taut and claustrophobic story that really pulls you in and makes the reader inhabit its bleak environment. From its fantastic opening line to the twist at the end, nothing is wasted in this visually arresting book which covers some big moral questions despite its short length.

1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle.  Fifteen year old Sig Anderson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake.  His sister, Anna, and step-mother, Nadya, have gone to the local town for help.

Then comes a knock at the door.  A man with a gun at his hip.  As Sig learns the truth about his father and this man he realises he has a choice and his mind his drawn to that of his father's prized possession locked in a box in the storeroom. A revolver and to use it or not....

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444000054
Publication date: 23/04/2010
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Company)
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781842551868
Publication date: 16/07/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444000054
Publication date: 23rd April 2010
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Company)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Thrillers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

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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