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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Rebecca Davies

19 Midwinterblood 214x300 The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Midwinterblood by Marcus SedgwickFor December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 19this Marcus Sedgwick’s ‘Midwinterblood’.

Here’s another one for young adult readers: a collection of dark tales for dark winter nights from the multi-award-winning Marcus Sedgwick (if you ask me, it’s only a matter of time before he picks up the Carnegie – he’s already been shortlisted four times).

Set on a mysterious Nordic island, the narrative flits about in time, from the Stone Age all the way up to 2073, where the story both begins and ends. In the middle, we get six subtly interlinking tales, touching on such disparate subjects as Wicker Man-style sacrifice, an archaeological dig, a Viking vampire, reincarnation and the enduring nature of love.

Sedgwick deftly weaves the dark strands of his plot together, keeping you guessing until the final moment as to how and why the stories are connected. The overriding beauty of the book is that, although it’s very much designed to make you shiver, it’ll make you think as well.

Check back tomorrow to see which book is lurking behind the ‘calendar door’ for December 20th and catch up on my previous recommendations here

Rebecca Davies is a journalist and children’s author. She is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel set in Hackney. You can follow her on Twitter as @TheStoryMonster

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