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When you’re truly alone, you know that nobody’s coming to save you… It’s 1910. In a cabin north of the Arctic Circle, in a murderously cold and desolate wasteland, Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, that is, except for the corpse of his father, who froze to death that morning when he fell through the ice on the lake. Soon, though, a sinister stranger comes calling. Before long, Sig is wishing he really was alone again. As the man’s tale of gold lust unfolds, Sig’s thoughts turn to his father’s Colt revolver, hidden in the storeroom…

  • A taut, dark thriller set in a desolate Arctic wasteland
  • A Carnegie Medal shortlisted book and Printz Award winner
  • Marcus Sedgwick is one of today’s most significant YA authors
  • His books include Midwinterblood, White Crow and Floodland

“A sparse, taut and claustrophobic story that really pulls you in and makes the reader inhabit its bleak environment. From its fantastic opening line to the twist at the end, nothing is wasted in this visually arresting book.” Carnegie Medal judges

“An outstanding psychological thriller about the Arctic gold rush.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

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Orion Children's Books

Date published

April 23rd, 2010

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  • 224 pages




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