I’ve waxed poetic about Marcus Sedgwick many times before. He scared the crap out of me with White Crow, made me think in She is Not Invisible, and moved me impossibly with the dark, moody, brilliant Midwinterblood.
I therefore didn’t even ask what the story was about when Macmillan asked if The Midnight Garden would host the U.S. cover reveal for Marcus’ new book, The Ghosts of Heaven. Seriously, his name is on the cover and that’s all I needed to know–I only just read the synopsis as I was formatting this post! I also flew to answer Ksenia‘s email right away, the whole deal was done in 10 minutes flat. Such is my love for him and his stories. He writes such intelligent, beautiful books that I’m excited every time a new one is announced, because I know each Marcus Sedgwick book holds the promise of a transformative reading experience.
I’m so pleased that we’re able to help unveil his new book to North American audiences today. Are you ready to see this? Ta-da!
What do you think of this cover? I’m so intrigued by the staircase. In the sea. Leading up to the sky. With the space-y graphics. Is he going to heaven? Are there really ghosts? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.
*pants* *controls self*
I’m really, really excited for this book. It sounds a bit like Midwinterblood with its interlocking stories and melding of genres–while The Ghosts of Heaven blurb doesn’t tell us too much, the connecting the narratives in Midwinterblood were so well done that I’m sure the new one will be just as sublimely thought-provoking. Plus insane asylum! Witches! Mad poets! It all sounds spectacular.
I love the unusual colors in this palette as well. Since this touches on some scifi, I think the graphic designer did a wonderful job of hinting at possible puzzles and mystery, along with a masculine presence in the book. The sea and the clouds and golden light also give you a bit of beauty, which is so perfect for Marcus’ gorgeous writing. All in all, a really terrific cover, and one I can’t wait to see on my shelf!
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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
On Sale January 6, 2015
Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
From 2014 Printz award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick comes a bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.
Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, The Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.
Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in Kent in the southeast of England. He now divides his time between a small village near Cambridge, England, and a mountain house in the French Alps. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards; most notably, Midwinterblood was awarded the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award. You can find him on his website or Twitter to keep up with all his latest news.
Enter to win an early copy of The Ghosts of Heaven!
Thanks to our friends at Macmillan, we have 2 ARCs to offer to one of our readers! The book won’t be out until January 15, but you’ll have the opportunity to win one of the earliest copies right here.
All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re specifically excited about reading this book.
Open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Good luck!
Giveaway copies were provided by the publisher.
I would ask if you were as excited about this book as I am, but I know that is impossible, so I won’t even bother.