Rated 4 stars **** 2013. Roaring Book Press. 262 pp.
“Midwinter Blood” won the 2014 Printz Award for the best book written in the U.S. for a teen audience so, naturally, I had to read it.
In 2073 Eric Seven, reporter, arrives on beautiful Blessed Island to investigate strange reports of islanders living forever. Within minutes he falls in love with a woman named Merle who made him feel as if he’d met her before. The next day he begins to experience strange bouts of forgetfulness and soon becomes part of the Island life, forgetting all about his investigation. By the time he finally remembered, it was too late…
From this first peek into the Island, Sedgwick leads readers back in time through the centuries with six more tales which tell the strange and haunting tale of Blessed Island’s dependence on the strange dragon flower, as well as insight into its people and their beliefs, fears and superstitions. With each time travel tale into the past, puzzle pieces are revealed about why Eric and Merle were drawn to each other along with the terrible truth of Blessed Island. Readers will soon learn to run as fast as they can in the opposite direction should they ever get the opportunity to visit this strange and mysterious island.
Recommended for ages 14 and older.
Listed on the ALA (American Library Association’s) Best Fiction for Young Adults list (compiled by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and on YALSA’s 2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list.