Skip to main content

Blood Red Snow White

A Novel

Marcus Sedgwick


List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/1/2008)


There never was a story that was happy through and through.

When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, he has little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by the British to report back on the Bolsheviks even as he becomes dangerously, romantically entangled with Trotsky's personal secretary.

Both sides seek to use Arthur to gather and relay information for their own purposes . . . and both grow to suspect him of being a double agent. Arthur wants only to elope far from conflict with his beloved, but her Russian ties make leaving the country nearly impossible. And the more Arthur resists becoming a pawn, the more entrenched in the game he seems to become.

Blood Red Snow White, a Soviet-era thriller from renowned author Marcus Sedgwick, is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

This title has Common Core connections.

Praise For Blood Red Snow White: A Novel

"Sedgwick’s artful fairy tales and Ransome’s unique perspective dovetail into a compelling narrative offering both a glimpse into the life of a writer and a nuanced take on the Russian revolution."—Booklist, starred review

"A story that should be devoured, savored, and shared many times over. Readers will be absolutely absorbed from beginning to end."—VOYA, starred review

"A work of remarkable insight . . . This compellingly told, inspired by real life story of love, war, and deception will readily find appreciative readers anywhere."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Roaring Brook Press, 9781626725478, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

About the Author

Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in Kent in South East England, but now lives in the French Alps. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards; most notably, he has been shortlisted for Britain’s Carnegie Medal six times, has received two Printz Honors, for Revolver and Ghosts of Heaven, and in 2013 won the Printz Award for Midwinterblood.