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My Swordhand Is Singing

(2006)
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Awards
Carnegie Medal Best Book (nominee)
In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust and despite the inhospitability of the villagers settle there as woodcutters. Tomas is churlish - taciturn at the best of times. He digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why, all his life they've moved from place to place, or why his father carries a long battered box everywhere they go, and why he is forbidden to know its mysterious contents. But when a band of gypsies comes to the village Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, intoxicated by their love of life and drawn into their deadly quest. For these travellers are Vampire Slayers and Chust is a dying community - where the dead come back to wreak revenge on the living. Amidst the terrifying events that follow, Peter is stunned to see his father change from a disillusioned man, old before his time, to the warrior hero he once was. Marcus draws on his extensive research of the vampire legend which permeates traditions throughout the world and sets his story in the forbidding and remote landscapes of the 17th century. Written in his usual distinctive voice, this is also the story of a father and his son, of loss, redemption and resolution.


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October 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Swordhand Is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 0-375-84689-1 / 978-0-375-84689-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
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October 2007 : USA Library Binding
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Title: My Swordhand Is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 0-375-94689-6 / 978-0-375-94689-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
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July 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: My Swordhand is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 1-84255-183-3 / 978-1-84255-183-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Oxford Playscripts: My Swordhand is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick, Adrian Flynn
ISBN: 0-19-830780-2 / 978-0-19-830780-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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2000 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: My Swordhand Is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 0-375-84690-5 / 978-0-375-84690-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
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July 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Swordhand is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 1-4056-6352-9 / 978-1-4056-6352-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Galaxy
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Swordhand is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 1-84255-558-8 / 978-1-84255-558-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: My Swordhand is Singing (Collins Readers)
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 0-00-725385-0 / 978-0-00-725385-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins Educational
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Audio Editions

August 2007 : UK Audio CD
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Title: My Swordhand is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 1-84648-278-X / 978-1-84648-278-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

July 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: My Swordhand is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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July 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: My Swordhand is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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October 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: My Swordhand Is Singing
Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
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