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Revolver

Sig Andersson has little time to grieve after his father falls through the ice, because a menacing stranger with a pistol appears and demands that he settle his father's debt. It seems he is left with just two options for dealing with the stranger, but through a series of clifhanging plot twists, Sig learns that there is always a third choice in life.

Sedgwick's writing is well-researched yet efficient with details. He relies on punctuation and short sentences to pace readers and draw attention to the multiple layers of meaning underneath his metaphors, symbols, and aphorisms. Until the very end of the book, he tells his story in third person in two different time frames, yet we see the world of the novel through the eyes of Sig, the boy who becomes a man during a short but harrowing experience.

Author: 
Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 
9780312547974
Recommendation: 
Although the prose is suited for readers are young as 10, the content and message are better suited for late high school.
Copyright Date: 
2009
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Genre: 
Fiction
Themes: 
Nonviolence, Pluralism

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