Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

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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 storeroom. The question is, will Sig use the gun, and why? Revolver is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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 April 13, 2010 by Roaring Brook Press. 221 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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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 fa...

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The Guardian

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Sig has only his father's secret gun to rely on, and gradually a plan forms for how to defeat the giant, by using his father's weapon, while abiding by his mother's pacifist religion.

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Publishers Weekly

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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.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Densely written and chilling in every sense of the word, Revolver is a rare little gem for teens and adults alike.

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The Overflowing Library

As Sig gradually learns the awful truth about Wolff's connection to his father, Sig finds his thoughts drawn to a certain box hidden on a shelf in the storeroom, in which lies his father's prized possession - a revolver.

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SBY Teens

Life is hard that deep into the Arctic, but for all the survival skills that Einar made sure Sig and Anna knew, a mistake sends Einar through the ice and into freezing water.

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