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Blood Red Snow White

Blood Red Snow White

A Novel

Marcus Sedgwick

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Equal parts thriller, love story, and fairytale, Printz Medal-winning author Marcus Sedgwick's Blood Red Snow White is a gripping, romantic adventure novel based on the true story of Arthur Ransome's experiences with love and betrayal in war-torn Russia.

There never was a story that was happy through and through.

When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, he has little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by the British to report back on the Bolsheviks even as he becomes dangerously, romantically entangled with Leon Trotsky's personal secretary.

Both sides seek to use Arthur to gather and relay information for their own purposes . . . and both grow to suspect him of being a double agent. Arthur wants only to elope far from conflict with his beloved, but her Russian ties make leaving the country nearly impossible. And the more Arthur resists becoming a pawn, the more entrenched in the game he seems to become.

Blood Red Snow White, a Soviet-era thriller about the author of the Swallows and Amazons series, from renowned Printz award winning author Marcus Sedgwick, is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Sedgwick masterfully evokes the tumultuous atmosphere of Russia leading up to the creation of the communist Soviet Union, with colorful depictions of major historical figures like the Romanov tsar and tsarina, Grigori Rasputin, Leon Trotsky,… More…

Equal parts thriller, love story, and fairytale, Printz Medal-winning author Marcus Sedgwick's Blood Red Snow White is a gripping, romantic adventure novel based on the true story of Arthur Ransome's experiences with love and betrayal in war-torn Russia.

There never was a story that was happy through and through.

When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, he has little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by the British to report back on the Bolsheviks even as he becomes dangerously, romantically entangled with Leon Trotsky's personal secretary.

Both sides seek to use Arthur to gather and relay information for their own purposes . . . and both grow to suspect him of being a double agent. Arthur wants only to elope far from conflict with his beloved, but her Russian ties make leaving the country nearly impossible. And the more Arthur resists becoming a pawn, the more entrenched in the game he seems to become.

Blood Red Snow White, a Soviet-era thriller about the author of the Swallows and Amazons series, from renowned Printz award winning author Marcus Sedgwick, is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Sedgwick masterfully evokes the tumultuous atmosphere of Russia leading up to the creation of the communist Soviet Union, with colorful depictions of major historical figures like the Romanov tsar and tsarina, Grigori Rasputin, Leon Trotsky, and Vladimir Lenin.

Marcus Sedgwick is the author of Saint Death, The Ghosts of Heaven, She Is Not Invisible, Midwinterblood, White Crow, and Revolver.

Praise for Blood Red Snow White:
"Sedgwick uses vivid, fairy tale imagery to describe historical events." —Publishers Weekly

"Drenched in atmosphere, [Blood Red Snow White] gives vivid depictions of snowy Russia . . . , eerie portrayals of Rasputin and the czar’s family, and the rise of Trotsky and Lenin. . . . trademark Sedgwick envelope-pushing." —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Marcus Sedgwick:
“Sedgwick is one of the most sophisticated, thought-provoking voices in YA novels.” —Booklist on The Ghosts of Heaven

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Novels by Marcus Sedgwick:
Saint Death: A propulsive, compelling, and unsparing novel set in the grimly violent world of the human and drug trade on the US-Mexican border.
Blood Red Snow White: A gripping, romantic adventure novel based on the true story of Arthur Ransome's experiences with love and betrayal in war-torn Russia.
The Ghosts of Heaven: A Printz Honor Book! Timeless, beautiful, and haunting, spirals connect four episodes, from prehistory through the far future.
She Is Not Invisible: When her father goes missing, a blind girl talented in identifying patterns and her brother are thrust into a mystery.
Midwinterblood: A Printz Medal Winner! Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined.
White Crow: A scary, thought provoking novel about secrets that are better left buried.
Revolver: A Printz Honor Book! A taut frontier survivor story, set at the time of the Alaska gold rush.

Graphic novel by Marcus Sedgwick, art by Thomas Taylor:
Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter: A rip-roaring romp full of hairy horrors, villainous villains, and introducing the world’s toughest monster hunter—Scarlett Hart!

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Praise for Blood Red Snow White

Praise for Blood Red Snow White:

"Sedgwick uses vivid, fairy tale imagery to describe historical events." —Publishers Weekly

"Drenched in atmosphere, [Blood Red Snow White] gives vivid depictions of snowy Russia . . . , eerie portrayals of Rasputin and the czar’s family, and the rise of Trotsky and Lenin. . . . trademark Sedgwick envelope-pushing." —Kirkus Reviews

"This is Marcus' best yet. It's hard to know where history ends and imagination begins as he weaves three stories into one and vividly brings to life an extraordinary time in Russia's history." —Wendy Cooling, founder of Bookstart

"Spellbinding! Master storyteller, Marcus Sedgwick, weaves his enchanting story from the glittering threads of history, folklore and imagination. Where does one start and the other begin? Who knows? I was totally absorbed from first page to last. Quite simply one of the most accomplished novels I have read in recent years." —Nikki Gamble - Write Away!

Praise for Marcus Sedgwick:
“Sedgwick is one of the most sophisticated, thought-provoking voices in YA novels.” —Booklist on The Ghosts of Heaven

Reviews from Goodreads

Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in Kent in South East England, but now lives in the French Alps. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards; most notably, he has been shortlisted for Britain’s Carnegie Medal six times, has received two Printz Honors, for Revolver and Ghosts of Heaven, and in 2013 won the Printz Award for Midwinterblood.

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