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My swordhand is singing
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My swordhand is singing

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781842555583

Publication Date: 16 Apr 2007

Subject: Younger teen novels

Suitable for: Secondary (Year 7, Year 8, Year 9)

AR: 4.9 MY+

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Unexplained deaths start to occur in Chust and when a band of Gypsies arrive in the village Peter discovers his father has been keeping secrets from him and owns a sword that can stop the dead coming to life again.

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Unexplained deaths start to occur in Chust and when a band of Gypsies arrive in the village Peter discovers his father has been keeping secrets from him and owns a sword that can stop the dead coming to life again.

When a band of gypsies comes to his village, Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by Sofia, a beautiful gypsy princess, and he finds himself drawn into her vampire-slaying world.

In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter Thomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust and settle there as woodcutters. Thomas 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 his father carries a long, battered box, whose mysterious contents he is forbidden to know.

But Thomas is a man with a past; a past that is tracking him with deadly intent. As surely as the snow falls softly in the forest of one hundred thousand silver birch trees, father and son must face a soulless enemy and a terrifying destiny.

Set in the remote and forbidding landscapes of the seventeenth century, this is a heart-rending story of loss and redemption, and inspired by the original vampire folklore of Eastern Europe it represents a unique regeneration of a timeless myth.

NOTE: Shortlisted for the 2007 Carnegie Medal

NOTE : Winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007.

Contents

p1. The Song
p3. Deep in the Woods
p7. Slivovitz and Snow
p13. The Suicide's Burial
p17. The Goose
p27. St. Andrew's Eve
p32. The Dulcimer's Melody
p38. Sheep and Wolves
p44. The Shadow Queen
p47. The Eternal Return
p51. Refusal
p57. Visitors
p61. Closer
p63. And Closer
p65. Creeping
p66. The Waters of Chust
p68. Agnes
p72. The Wedding of the Dead
p78. At the Threshold
p81. Turnings
p87. Hands in the Dark
p92. Threads
p97. Calling
p101. Things to Cover our Dead
p105. The Hut
p111. The Winter King
p118. Escape
p122. The Island
p127. The Dream of the Queen
p128. Ancestors and Hostages
p132. The Elders
p135. Village Talk
p141. Stillness
p147. Tomas
p155. The Camp
p160. The Approach
p165. Ordeal
p172. The Sword
p181. The Song of the Miorita
p186. Resurrection
p189. A Perfect Shade of Green
p199. After Chust.....Bloodbeard
p221. Author's Note

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16 Apr 2007
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228
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