Exciting enough for even the most reluctant boy reader, this dark and emotive book was shortlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Award. Set in the seventeenth century it is a heartrending story of loss and redemption, inspired by the original vampire folklore of Eastern Europe.
Livestock are attacked in the dark night, and the dead return to terrorise their loved ones. Woodcutter Peter is intrigued, but his father, Tomas, insists that they leave well alone. Then a band of gypsies arrive, insisting that Tomas is the only one who can save the village. What secrets has the old man been keeping? And what does he hide in the long, battered box, whose contents Peter is forbidden to know?
Set in the seventeenth century, My Swordhand is Singing is a heart-rending story of loss and redemption, inspired by the original vampire folklore of Eastern Europe.
“Sedgwick has taken early vampire legends and masterfully crafted them into this dark tale… I can't wait for my 11-year-old to get her teeth into it.”
“Expertly reseached and beautifully written, this is a heart-stopping story, which had me mesmerised from beginning to end.”
“best enjoyed with the doors and windows firmly bolted … His story is a journey into a beautiful gothic painting”.
“One of the books of the year.”
“This novel has all the components of gothic horror: love, loss, regret and a touch of the supernatural… The story is a pleasure to read as it has purpose and path and not a word is wasted”.
Carnegie Judge 2007
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