White Crow

Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook, $15.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-59643-594-0
Sedgwick (Revolver) addresses themes of death and what may (or may not) await in the afterlife in this chilling story, told in three voices and in two parallel stories set 200 years apart. In contemporary England, teenage Rebecca reluctantly moves to the coastal village of Winterfold, trading her life back in Greenwich for a lonely town where she knows no one and that every year loses more of itself to the inexorable pull of the sea. Soon, though, Rebecca is discovered by Ferelith, "the strangest-looking girl she's ever seen," who opens a dangerous new world to Rebecca, as Ferelith draws her into Winterfold's dark secrets and legends. The mystery that is Ferelith—a calculated and intelligent girl who left school at age 14, lives in a commune, and doesn't seem entirely human—will pull readers through the book, as will a twin mystery that unspools through the increasingly frenzied journal entries of a local priest in 1798, himself in the thrall of a mysterious stranger. Showing his customary skill with a gothic setting and morally troubled characters, Sedgwick keeps readers guessing to the very end. Ages 12–up. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/09/2011
Release date: 07/01/2011
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Hardcover - 192 pages - 978-1-84255-187-5
Paperback - 234 pages - 978-1-250-01029-2
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-1-4299-7634-3
Paperback - 275 pages - 978-1-4440-0149-5
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