My Swordhand Is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick

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WHEN TOMAS AND HIS SON, Peter, settle in Chust as woodcutters, Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut, so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why his father carries a long, battered box, whose mysterious contents he is forbidden to know.

But Tomas is a man with a past: a past that is tracking him with deadly intent, and when the dead of Chust begin to rise from their graves, both father and son must face a soulless enemy and a terrifying destiny.

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About Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick is the author of White Crow and Revolver, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in the UK and was named a Printz Honor book in the US. The author of eleven widely admired previous novels, he lives near Cambridge, England.
Published October 9, 2007 by Wendy Lamb Books. 226 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Led by new friend Sofia and her Gypsy caravan, Peter and his historically unreliable father find that their only hope lies in a singular old sword and an ancient song with lyrics confronting the emotional essence of the zombie-vampires.

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Sedgwick’s (The Foreshadowing ) grim, atmospheric tale, set in 17th-century Europe, brings fresh blood to the vampire mythos without once using the word “vampire.” Peter and his father, Tomas, are woodcutters who travel from town to town, Tomas seemingly on the run from something.

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Yes Pages: 208 Date: July 2006 Publisher: Orion Childrens ISBN: 1842551833 Set in the isolated, hostile environment of the forests of seventeenth century Romania, My Swordhand Is Singing tells of the enigmatic Tomas and his adolescent son, Peter, woodcutters and outsiders who ca...

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This is a smart, beautifully written story that brilliantly uses the Miorita --- a story-song legend that reappears over and over again --- as a thematic device that delivers an effective punch at the end.

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Historical Novel Society

Sedgwick, a multi-published children’s book author, gives us a new twist on the popular genre of teen vampire fiction in this horror novel set in Eastern Europe in the 17th century.

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