Revolver

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A LOADED GUN. STOLEN GOLD. And a menacing stranger. A taut frontier survivor story, set at the time of the Alaska gold rush.

In an isolated cabin, fourteen-year-old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then comes a stranger claiming that Sig?s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold. Sig?s only protection is a loaded Colt revolver hidden in the cabin?s ...

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Overview

A LOADED GUN. STOLEN GOLD. And a menacing stranger. A taut frontier survivor story, set at the time of the Alaska gold rush.

In an isolated cabin, fourteen-year-old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then comes a stranger claiming that Sig’s father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold. Sig’s only protection is a loaded Colt revolver hidden in the cabin’s storeroom. The question is, will Sig use the gun, and why?

 

Revolver is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A memorable tale, one that will appeal to fans of Gary Paulsen, Jack London, and even Cormac McCarthy.”—The Horn Book, Starred Review

 

“Sedgwick lures his readers into deeper thinking while they savor this thrillingly told tale.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

“A chilling, atmospheric story that will haunt readers with its descriptions of a desolate terrain and Sig’s difficult decisions.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

 

“The bleak setting and ominous circumstances will draw immediate comparisons to a Jack London tale, but in a more accessible, spare style. Reluctant readers will be riveted by the suspense and the short chapters.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

 

“A carefully crafted story effectively rigidified by taut plotting and the crystalline atmospherics of its isolated setting.”—Booklist

 

“An elegant, brilliantly executed tale. . . . This novel of only 167 pages is packed with more excitement and wisdom than many twice its length.”—The Times (London)

“A gripping thriller.”—The Guardian

Kirkus Reviews
"Even the dead tell stories," begins Sedgwick's slim yet taut and complex thriller about a family barely surviving in 1910 along the Swedish-Finnish border, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Sig pieces together the story his father, Einar Andersson, is trying to tell after he discovers his frozen body on a slowly thawing lake, a risk his father would never take, and a one-thumbed, vengeful man named Gunther Wolff arrives, demanding the gold he claims he was cheated out of by Sig's father. Alternating chapters between Sig and his older sister's struggle with Wolff and their life ten years ago in the mining town of Nome, when their father was an assayist testing the purity of gold during a rush in the Alaska Territory, untangle Einar's clues. Always looming in Sig's past and present is his father's Colt revolver and the moral dilemma: "To pull the trigger, or not to pull the trigger?" Is violence ever necessary? A chilling, atmospheric story that will haunt readers with its descriptions of a desolate terrain and Sig's difficult decisions. (author's note) (Thriller. YA)
Publishers Weekly
Set in 1910, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Scandinavian town of Giron, this intense survival story is propelled by a relentless sense of danger and bone-chilling cold. Einar, teenage Sig's father, has died after a fall through the ice. But the harsh environment pales in comparison with the ruthless stranger, Gunther Wolff, who demands from Sig and his sister the gold their father allegedly stole from him a decade earlier in the Alaska Gold Rush. Sedgwick (My Swordhand Is Singing) reveals the truth in riveting, gemlike scenes that juggle time periods, points of view, and the family's divided worldview, epitomized by Einar's Colt revolver. “Guns are evil. Evil, Einar,” says Sig's pacifist mother, while the more pragmatic Einar believes his Colt is “the most beautiful thing in the world.” In the end, the gun plays a pivotal role as Sig must shape his own view and act accordingly. Gracefully weaving in sources as diverse as the Old Testament story of Job and an 1896 ad for the revolver, Sedgwick lures his readers into deeper thinking while they savor this thrillingly told tale. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Bobbie Lowe
Sig's father always used to tell him: "Even the dead tell stories." Revolver is a testament of Sig finding out how true his father's saying is. A story played out in the frontier of Alaska, Sig is struggling to deal with the loss of his father while being left alone while his step mother and sister take the dog sled six miles into town for help with the body left behind. The ground is too frozen to bury him even if they did have the manpower to do so. While Sig is waiting, his father lying covered on the kitchen table, there is a knock at the door. This knock changes the course of Sig's life forever. What lies beyond the door is a man who will make a wealth of claims about Sig's family and some stolen gold that he has come to collect. Told through a character who is not ashamed of who he is, the life he has lead, and uncertain about what is to come next, this story shows the reader what it means to be true to yourself, to understand that everyone makes mistakes, to have faith in God, and, above all, remember what your parents tell you. Reviewer: Bobbie Lowe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312547974
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 124,437
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Sedgwick is the author of ten previous novels for young readers. His first, Floodland, won the 1994 Branford-Boase Award for Best First Children's Novel of the Year; he has since been shortlisted for numerous children's book awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Prize, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He lives in Sussex, England.
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Chapter 1

Wash Day, dusk

Even the dead tell stories.

     Sig looked across the cabin to where his father lay, waiting for him to speak, but his father said nothing, because he was dead. Einar Andersson lay on the table, his arms half raised above his head, his legs slightly bent at the knee, frozen in the position in which they’d found him; out on the lake, lying on the ice, with the dogs waiting patiently in harness.

     Einar’s skin was gray; patches of frost and ice still clung to his beard and eyebrows despite the warmth of the cabin. It was only a matter of degree. Outside the temperature was plunging as night came on, already twenty below, maybe more. Inside the cabin it was a comfortable few degrees above freezing, and yet Einar’s body refused to relax from its death throes.

     Sig stared and stared, in his own way frozen to the chair, waiting for his father to get up, smile again, and start talking. But he didn’t.

     They say that dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong.

     Even the dead tell stories.

 

Excerpted from Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick.

Copyright © 2010 by Marcus Sedgwick.

Published in 2010 by Roaring Brook Press.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    Excellent story telling

    Great story and plot. Had me guessing to the end. Loved it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Gripping story!

    I just love this book. The setting and the interior struggle that the protagonist faces when things go wrong remind me strongly of Jack London's To Build A Fire. Sedgwick's writing is fantastic and I can't understand why he is not better known in the US. I hand sell his books to library patrons and other readers whenever the chance comes up. It might help if BN stocked his books in their bookstores, not just online. ;)

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Intriguing take on classic Westerns.

    Tense plotting and spare language combine to tell an intriguing story. Enjoyed the book very much!

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Below me is sort of a spoiler alert just saying

    That person below forgot to say spoiler alert sk ya i didnt even finish rreading their review because shetold evrything that happens in the beginning

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    Man dis book is AWESOME!!! At first i didnt understand but now d

    Man dis book is AWESOME!!!
    At first i didnt understand but now dat i read it good!
    PS. do NOT try to correct my spelling you smartalecs!!!

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