Marcus Sedgwick is perhaps, one of the most underrated UK authors. His books are always long listed and short listed for numerous literary awards. I’m a huge fan of his work, especially as most of them have an authentic gothic feel, with twists and turns abound. His young adult novels have quite a following, but he also writes for children too. But it is his forthcoming YA release that has captured my attention. She is Not Invisible is his first YA novel for a while now, and I’m intrigued to see how it will pan out.
Here is the proposed book blurb:
Laureth Peak’s father is a writer. For years he’s been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he’s obsessed, Laureth thinks he’s on the verge of a breakdown. He’s supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.
On impulse she steals her mother’s credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.
One of the things that first struck me when I first read about this book, was that surprisingly, it seems to stray away from his Gothic trend. However, this necessarily isn’t a bad thing. I’m eager to see how Laureth Peak is portrayed, as being blind, you’d can’t quite help but conjure images of the ‘victim’ stereotype. As many of my blog followers know, my upcoming YA Fantasy novel, The Black Petal, has a blind character in it, and I for one, am interested to see Sedgwick’s take on the disability.
But heading off to America in search of a missing father, is one hell of an attractive read. Following clues inside of a notebook is a fantastic approach, especially for a YA novel, as I can see Sedgwick going for a softer side. I imagine there will be great connections between the brother and sister, as they each help one another in the real big, bad world. Of all of the Marcus Sedgwick novels I’ve read, they are usually set in historical periods. My Swordhand is Singing, winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Prize, was set in the early 17th century. Yet, from what I can tell, She is Not Invisible seems to be set in the present day. Normally a master of fantasy, it will be interesting to see how this turns out. The UK release is set for October 3rd 2013, with a paperback release set for July 2014.
She is Not Invisible can be pre-ordered from:
About the Author:
MARCUS SEDGWICK was born and raised in East Kent in the South-east of England. He now divides his time between a small village near Cambridge and the French Alps.
Alongside a 16 year career in publishing he established himself as a widely-admired writer of YA fiction; he is the winner of many prizes, most notably the Branford-Boase Award for a debut novel (Floodland), the Booktrust Teenage Prize (My Swordhand is Singing), and the Blue Peter Book Award (Lunatics and Luck). His books have been shortlisted for over thirty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (five times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). In 2011 Revolver was awarded a Printz Honor.
Marcus was Writer in Residence at Bath Spa University for three years, and has taught creative writing at Arvon and Ty Newydd. He is currently working on film and other graphic novels with his brother, Julian, as well as a graphic novel with Thomas Taylor. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards.
He has illustrated some of his books, and has provided wood-engravings for a couple of private press books. His latest title is Doctor Who and the Spear of Destiny, book three in Puffin’s 50th anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who.
I recently revealed he was set to release his first adult novel A Love Like Blood
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