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Blood Red Snow White: A Novel by [Sedgwick, Marcus]
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Length: 321 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 7 - 13

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Gr 9 Up—A historical novel based on the life of British author and journalist Arthur Ransome that is told in three distinct styles, each of which reflects an aspect of Ransome's career. It opens in the style of a fairy tale, brilliantly setting the scene in Saint Petersburg in 1913, when the bright, impetuous young writer leaves his wife and daughter in England, teaches himself Russian, and sets about collecting the stories that appear in his first book, Old Peter's Russian Tales, published in 1916. But by then, everything had changed. "The time for princes and tsars and grand duchesses and especially holy madmen was gone. In its place came a world of war and revolution, of tanks and telephones, of murder and assassination." Here the narrative shifts and uses flashbacks and the third person to report the events of the Russian Revolution and the civil war that followed back to the British press. Ransome becomes romantically involved with Evgenia, Trotsky's personal secretary, and is caught up in the dangerous game of political intrigue and information exchange. He becomes a pawn in the ongoing power struggle, and his every move is suspect, but he wants only to get himself and Evgenia safely out of the country. The narrative shifts to Arthur's first-person account of getting out and back into Russia and escaping with his beloved. An author's note, a time line, and Secret Service files are appended to inform readers about facts behind the spy thriller elements. VERDICT This well-written tale might be a hard sell to a lot of teens, but those who are fans of Sedgwick's earlier titles, history buffs, and readers of Ransome's classic "Swallows and Amazons" adventures will be intrigued by this colorful and multilayered work.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal


"Sedgwick’s artful fairy tales and Ransome’s unique perspective dovetail into a compelling narrative offering both a glimpse into the life of a writer and a nuanced take on the Russian revolution."―Booklist, starred review

"A story that should be devoured, savored, and shared many times over. Readers will be absolutely absorbed from beginning to end."―VOYA, starred review

"A work of remarkable insight . . . This compellingly told, inspired by real life story of love, war, and deception will readily find appreciative readers anywhere."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

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  • File Size: 1196 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626725470
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (October 25, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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