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Marcus Sedgwick

  • 5 stars across 56 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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5th August 2010


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

(9 reviews) Review
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... MoreEmperor's New Clothes

(6 reviews) Review
3rd March 2022


Marcus Sedgwick crafts a characteristically unsettling mystery exploring teen relationships and our connection to the wo... MoreWrath

(5 reviews) Review
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. Elf G... MoreElf Girl and Raven Boy: Fright Forest: Book 1

(3 reviews) Review
7th October 2010

Blood Red, Snow White

The Russian Revolution. Fairy tale, spy thriller, love story. One man's life during the last days of the Romanovs, beaut... MoreBlood Red, Snow White

(3 reviews) Review
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 PRINT... MoreSaint Death

(3 reviews) Review
3rd May 2012


What would you sacrifice for someone you've loved forever? Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, MIDWINTERBLOOD is a da... MoreMidwinterblood

(2 reviews) Review
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... MoreDark Peak

(2 reviews) Review
2nd March 2023


A grim discovery brings disturbing revelations in this chilling ghost story from the late Marcus Sedgwick. A g... MoreRavencave

(2 reviews) Review
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... MoreElf Girl and Raven Boy: Terror Town: Book 5

(1 review) Review
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