Author: Marcus Sedgwick
“In the 2014 Printz Award winning book, Marcus Sedgwick has flawlessly executed a clever novel about the history (and mystery) of a strange island that is said to hold the secrets of youth. He uses several different narratives that keep going back in time until you get to the seventh one, which contains the answers you have been searching for throughout the entire book. Read it!”
—Veronica at KDL’s Krause Memorial branch
Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.
An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? From award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick comes a book about passion and preservation and ultimately an exploration of the bounds of love.
A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013