Sig Andersson has a choice to make - use the gun or die.
An unforgettable, razor-sharp psychological thriller set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic Circle.
Recipient of a Michael L. Printz Honor 2011, shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010 and longlisted for the GUARDIAN Children's Fiction Prize 2010. 1910. A cabin north of the Arctic Circle. Fifteen-year-old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, except for the corpse of his father, who died earlier that day after falling through a weak spot on the ice-covered lake.
His sister, Anna, and step-mother, Nadya, have gone to the local town for help. Then comes a knock at the door. It's a man, the flash of a revolver's butt at his hip, and a mean glare in his eyes.
Sig has never seen him before but Wolff claims to have unfinished business with his father.
As Sig gradually learns the awful truth about Wolff's connection to his father, his thoughts are drawn to a certain box hidden on a shelf in the storeroom, in which lies his father's prized possession - a revolver.
As the stakes rise and Wolff begins to close in, Sig's choice is pulled into sharp focus.
Should he use the gun?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 23/04/2010
- Category: Thrillers (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9781444000054
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Review by mamzel
It have me the uncomfortable, krizzly feeling in my stomach when reading about mean, awful adults bullying kids, the icky, shivering feeling when reading about the brutal cold of the polar regions, and the uneasy, creepy dread when it becomes apparent that a kid has to use violence to defend himself.Taking place during the Alaska gold rush, this book focuses more on the fringes of the event. This is a terrific book.
Review by ahalliday1949
Read this book as part of the Carnegie shadowing and thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting is unusual, the Arctic, and the characters really well realised. The story takes place over a couple of days in a cabin isolated in the woods. The main character's father has died by falling through the ice of a frozen lake and is lying on the kitchen table awaiting help to come because the ground is too frozen to bury him. During the wait for help, a truly frightening character arrives who has been stalking the family for ten years as they have moved around the Arctic. He believes the father has gold which belongs to him and he wants his share. The revolver appears throughout the story, both its history and its use and is woven into the story in a multitude of ways. The way this is done is thought-provoking and adds additional interest to the story.