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Gr 7 Up–Narrator Peter Berkrot chillingly and expertly brings to life Marcus Sedgwick's short, yet intense mystery (Roaring Brook, 2010). Pitch-perfect voicing, suspenseful and satisfying pacing, and spot-on character portrayals draw listeners inside the cold and brutal atmosphere of a lonely cabin 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle in 1910. Sig, the 14-year-old son of a practical and proud man, is alone in a small, dark cabin with his father's dead body awaiting the return of his sister and his stepmother who have gone to find help after his father was found frozen to death. But he doesn't have long to grieve alone before a large and fearsome man enters the cabin claiming that the boy's father had cheated prospectors out of gold. As Sig tries to reconcile this confusing news with pieces of his past, listeners will do the same along with him and two inanimate objects that take on character roles within the story—the old Colt revolver his father taught him to shoot and the Colt revolver belonging to the ominous stranger. The backstory is told through flashbacks to the 1899 Alaska gold rush in alternating segments. Berkrot's fully-voiced and emotive telling will keep listeners on the edge as they visualize Sig, his surroundings, and every moment in time from beginning to the satisfying and climactic end. An excellent choice for school and public libraries and an ideal selection for reluctant readers.Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY
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Sedgwick’s historical mystery, set in the Arctic Circle in 1899 and 1910, makes good use of the word chilling. Outside their remote Scandinavian village, Sig’s father dies of exposure after trying to rush home across a frozen lake. The reason for his carelessness becomes apparent to Sig when a hulking beast of a man arrives at their tiny shack with a Colt revolver, demanding his share of a stolen wealth of gold. But Sig has his own Colt hidden in the storeroom, and some very pressing questions. Who is this brute at the door? Is there really a hidden treasure? And, most importantly, can he bring himself to use that revolver to save himself and his family? As the claustrophobic tension in the Arctic cabin mounts, Sedgwick doles out bits of backstory set a decade earlier in the Alaska gold rush, and the climax reveals that there hasn’t been a single superfluous detail in the intricate, freezer-burn buildup. A carefully crafted story effectively rigidified by taut plotting and the crystalline atmospherics of its isolated setting. Grades 7-10. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312547978
  • ASIN: B00A1A1WAQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When you look at all the authors out there currently writing young adult fiction, Marcus Sedgwick seems to operate on a different playing field than most of the rest. In Revolver, he has offered up a chilling tale of psychological suspense that left me breathless. His descriptions of the Artic Circle, the cold that forms ice crystals in your lungs, and the hard life of his characters as they struggle to make it on this frozen frontier fully transported me there. I was so into this story that when Sig looked out his cabin window and first saw Wolff standing outside, I gasped and felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up!

No words are wasted in this tale. Each phrase seems carefully crafted to convey tension and to bring the reader in. The revolver that serves as the focal point of the story is as much a character as the humans we get to know. Sig's battle with Wolff, and his struggle within himself to make what he deems to be the right choice is so achingly and beautifully portrayed that you find yourself wondering what your choices would be. This is a great book and an easy recommend for any fan of Gary Paulsen. Aside from all of the psychological elements, it's also a great survivalist story. This book simply has a lot to offer to both teens and adults. I will be recommending it often.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on June 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Originally published in London in 2009, Revolver combines two of my favorite genres: historical fiction and adventure/survival stories. Sedgwick is the author of ten previous novels for young people, most of which include gothic or paranormal elements. This psychological mystery/survival story, however, set in the forbidding world of the Arctic Circle, does not need any hints of vampires, ghosts, or witches to cast a spell on its readers. Once begun, the reader will have a hard time putting this book down.

The story alternates between Giron, an iron mining town, in 1910, and Nome in 1899, at the time of the Alaskan Gold Rush. What happened in Nome that has made 14-year old Sig's father be on the run for so many years? When Sig's father dies after a fall through the frigid ice, Sig and his sister are visited by an evil man, Gunther Wolff, who claims that he is owed half of their father's gold. They know nothing of any gold, and are terrified that this giant of a man will kill them both. An ancient Colt revolver--and ammunition--is hidden in the back of their cabin. Can Sig's resourcefulness--and the Colt revolver--possibly rescue them from this threat?

The author goes back and forth between Sig's terrifying encounter with this man whom he cannot remember and the time years before when the family lived in Nome. Sedgwick writes of Einar, the father: "He'd come for the gold, and he hadn't meant to stay. These things never lasted long, Einar knew." But when Einar is offered a job as an Assay Clerk, the government official who "does the testing and the weighing and the paying," the family settles into this harsh environment. That is, until tragedy strikes, after the arrival in Nome of the villainous miner Wolff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa A. Palmer VINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sig and Anna's father dies after falling through the ice in their small mining town. Shortly after, a huge, evil man Wolff comes looking for the gold that their father supposedly stole from him. He holds the kids hostage and threatens to kill them if they don't tell him where the gold is and they have no idea what he is talking about. Showing courage, the two end up making the odds a bit more even. A good, quick read that YA boys would especially like, I enjoyed this book. I borrowed this book from the library.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bryant on September 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Overall the book was well written and the characters were well rounded. The book, for the most part, revolves around a 36 hour period that occurs after Sig's father is found dead on the lake. There are also several chapters that look back at events that occurred earlier in Sig's life to help the reader understand what has led to the visitor's arrival. I feel like teen boys that enjoy reading about history and guns would enjoy the book. Although not my typical type of book, it did hold my attention to the very end. I don't, however, think that my 14 year old daughter would find the book very interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jack on August 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
My name is Jack and this is a book that we could choose from in our summer reading program .The title of this book is Revolver. I am definitely not a reader, but this book was surprisingly very good and interesting to me. This book starts of by giving you the bare facts that helps your understanding of the book. Sig and Anna, the main characters, are stuck in the middle of nowhere in the artic with the dead corpse of their father. A bear like man named Wolf who has been stalking and following their family for 10 years confronts Sig and Anna asking them for their father's gold. He holds them at gunpoint, but they have absolutely no idea what gold he is talking about. They must work together to escape this man and get to the gun that is held in the small wooden box.
This book will leave you with surprises, suspense and action throughout the whole book. Some examples of this are when they figure out that there father has stolen gold and been running from Wolf for years, and what Sig ends up doing with the revolver. The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the layout. There were so many different things going and they all end up coming together and making perfect sense in the end. Also, at the end of the chapters, you would be left hanging. This would make you want to read more and more. Some things I didn't really like about this book were the random flashbacks that would confuse you. This made it hard to figure out what was happening.
The main characters in this book were strong characters. The author really created interesting personalities for each of them. As an example, Wolf was mean, big, and obsessive about the money that he believed should be his.
After reading Revolver, I have some unanswered questions. What happened to Wolf at the end of the book?
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