Marcus Sedgwick (born 8 April 1968) is a British writer, illustrator and musician. He has published novels such as Floodland (2001; winner of the Branford Boase Award) and The Dark Horse (2002; shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize). He authored several picture books, and has illustrated a collection of myths and a book of folk tales for adults.[1]

The first U.S. edition of his 2011 novel Midwinterblood won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association as the preceding year's "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit".[2][3]


Marcus Sedgwick was born in East Kent, England.[4] Before becoming a full time author, Sedgwick was a book seller at Heffers, a children's bookstore.[5] He also worked at Ragged Bear, a children's publishing company.[6] His first book, Floodland, was published in 2000, and it received the Branford-Boase award for the best first children's novel of that year. Floodland tells the story of Zoe, who lives on her own on an island that used to be part of England before global warming caused the sea to rise. Though a Horn Book reviewer commented that the book could have used further developed characters, the reviewer concluded, "this first novel is sufficiently taut, accessible, and swift moving to make it an effective cautionary tale."[1] In 2013 released Dark Satanic Mills a graphic novel written in conjunction with his brother Julian Sedgwick and illustrated by John Higgins. His 2015 book The Ghosts of Heaven, a work of young adult fiction consisting of four loosely connected parts combining in an "intriguing" novel, according to Sarah McCarry.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

When Sedgwick was 20 years old, his father died.[8] In addition to drawing and writing, Sedgwick plays the drums, and he is an avid music lover. [9] Some of his favorite writers include Susan Cooper, Thomas Mann, and Arthur Schnitzler.[10] Sedgwick was a writer at Bath Spa University for three years, and he wrote reviews for The Guardian newspaper. [4] Sedgwick has won numerous awards for his writing. Most notably, this includes the Michael L. Printz Award in 2011 for Revolver, 2014 for The Ghosts of Heaven, and 2016 for Midwinter Blood. [4] Currently, all of his awards, and nomination give him the most citations to date for America’s most prestigious book prize for writing for young adults. [4] In addition to writing, Sedgwick is also currently working on film and book projects with his brother, Julian. [4] Sedgwick divides his time between and the French Alps, with his partner, Maureen Hansman. [11]

Selected worksEdit


Raven MysteriesEdit

  • Flood and Fang (Orion, 2009)[12]
  • Ghosts and Gadgets (2009)
  • Lunatics and Luck (2010)
  • Vampires and Volt (2010)
  • Magic and Mayhem (2011)
  • Diamonds and Doom (2011)

Elf Girl and Raven BoyEdit

  • Fright Forest (Orion, 2012)[12]
  • Monster Mountains
  • Scream Sea
  • Dread Desert
  • Terror Town
  • Creepy Caves

Other booksEdit

  • Outremer: Jaufré Rudel and the Countess of Tripoli – A Legend of the Crusades (1993) – illustrator
  • The Emperor's New Clothes (2004) – picture book
  • The Dead Days Omnibus (2006) – omnibus edition
  • Doctor Who: The Spear of Destiny, (2013)
  • Killing the Dead, (World Book Day 2015) - Short sequel to The Ghosts of Heaven
  • Snow (2016)
  • Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter (2018)



  1. ^ a b "Marcus Sedgwick". Retrieved 11 February 2014. Reprint from Something about the Author (Gale Biographies of Children's Authors, 2006).
  2. ^ a b "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). American Library Association. (ALA).
      "The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  3. ^ Strickland, Ashley (27 January 2014). "And the Newbery, Caldecott award winners are ...". CNN, 27 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Biography". Marcus Sedgwick ( Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  5. ^ ""Marcus Sedgwick"". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ ""Marcus Sedgwick"". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ McCarry, Sarah (16 January 2015). "'The Darkest Part of the Forest' and 'The Ghosts of Heaven'". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  8. ^ Bartel, Julie (12 June 2014). ""One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with Marcus Sedgwick"". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  9. ^ Bartel, Julie (12 June 2014). ""One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with Marcus Sedgwick"". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  10. ^ Treagus, Phil. ""Marcus Sedgwick: Living in the Story"". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  11. ^ Sedgwick, Marcus (13 November 2016). ""Cold Comfort"". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d Marcus Sedgwick at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2015-01-21. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  13. ^ "Dark Satanic Mills".

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