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Marcus Sedgwick

  • 5 stars across 55 books
    Marcus Sedgwick is an award-winning author who has written over twenty-five books for children and young people, many of them also illustrated by him. His first book Floodland a dystopian YA novel about surviving in a sinking world - was published in 2000 and wowed readers, winning the Branford Boase Book Award.

    Many of his books are thrillers with gothic themes inspired by folklore and fairytales. He has written about vampires, witches, monsters and angels, and set in his book across all ages – the Russian Revolution, World War I, nineteenth century Britain and even the future. The dark themes of death and violence in many of his young adult books are offset by the thrilling plot twists and magical elements.

    As well as his young adult novels, he has written two bestselling series for younger readers. In 2009 he released The Raven Mysteries, narrated by a bad-tempered raven called Edgar and in 2012 came Elf Girl and Raven Boy, a funny and magical adventure series for readers 8+.
    Sedgwick’s latest book coming out this May Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black is the story of two brothers in second world war London and is co-written by his own brother Julian Sedgwick. The book follows Harry Black as he tries to search from his brother, mortally injured in an air raid. Injured himself, Harry’s mind is confused and he boundaries blur between the mythical Underworld, his own sci fi novel and the realities of war-torn Britain.


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    2nd March 2000


    A gripping, prizewinning novel about a girl surviving in a devastated world. Imagine that a few years from now ... More

    (9 reviews)
    1st February 2013

    Emperor's New Clothes

    A comical retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. The emperor needs a new outfit and it has to be sp... More

    (6 reviews)
    5th July 2012

    Elf Girl and Raven Boy: Fright Forest: Book 1

    Eep . . . the adventure begins! Raven Boy has short black spiky hair, amazing night vision and can talk to animals.... More

    (3 reviews)
    29th May 2008

    Blood Red, Snow White

    The Russian Revolution. Fairy tale, spy thriller, love story. One man's life during the last days of the Romanovs, b... More

    (2 reviews)
    6th April 2017

    Saint Death

    A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by P... More

    (2 reviews)
    1st July 2021

    Dark Peak

    During a long, hot summer, two children, Stephanie and Stephen, go missing while on a school trip to Lud's Church, a dee... More

    (2 reviews)
    3rd March 2022


    From the multi-award-winning author of Midwinterblood and The Ghosts of Heaven comes a suspenseful, gripping t... More

    (2 reviews)
    8th May 2014

    Elf Girl and Raven Boy: Terror Town: Book 5

    Terror Town is Trouble with a capital T. What will happen to our intrepid trio (that includes Rat) when the Tears of t... More

    (1 review)
    7th November 2013

    Elf Girl and Raven Boy: Dread Desert: Book 4

    Elf Girl and Raven Boy get hot and bothered in the desert as they come a few steps (with sand in their shoes) closer to ... More

    (1 review)
    2nd May 2013

    Elf Girl and Raven Boy: Scream Sea: Book 3

    Elf Girl and Raven Boy have survived Monster Mountains and arrived on the shores of Scream Sea. Kidnapped by Scrim, pira... More

    (1 review)
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