The Ghosts of Heaven

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From 2014 Printz award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick comes a bold, genre-breaking epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.


Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time.


Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, The Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.


A Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book

It’s a graceful exploration of a sometimes comforting, sometimes distressing mystery of the universe, and the unsettling combination of meaning and emptiness will linger long after the last page.
Booklist - starred review
At once prosaic and wondrously metaphysical, Sedgwick’s novel will draw teens in and invite them to share in the awe-inspiring (and sometimes terrifying) order and mystery that surround us all.
School Library Journal - starred review
[A] complex masterpiece.
Kirkus Reviews - starred review
This book is something special, a beguiling and philosophical account of human longing and the unknown.
The Telegraph, London
Sedgwick is a brilliantly inventive writer... [a] clever book that is thought-provoking and at times deeply moving.
The Daily Mail, London
I have reread 'The Ghosts of Heaven' three times since we talked... it refuses to leave me alone. I think it is an extraordinary book, a huge achievement…
Nikki Gamble, Director, Just Imagine Story Centre
You will be mesmerised.
The Bookseller, London
I'm entirely sure this is a book I'll still be reading in five, ten, even twenty years. It really is that super. Honestly, it is. I'm calling it now: The Ghosts of Heaven is the book of the year for me.
The Bookbag



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