Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Here’s a Tales Before Bedtime recommended book gift.
Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black
by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick and Alexis Deacon
Perfect for KS3 and KS4
I, who can charm the rocks, cause water to change its course with my song, I, who once charmed Death himself, am powerless.
A lyrical and dreamlike story of two brothers in conflict amidst the devastation of WWII London. Harry Black wakes in hospital to learn that his brother Ellis has almost certainly been killed by a V2 rocket falling during a German air raid on London.
In a state of wounded delirium, Harry’s mind begins to blur the distinctions between the reality of the war-torn city, the fiction of his unpublished sci-fi novel and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
Driven by visions of Ellis still alive and a sense of poetic inevitability, Harry discharges himself from hospital and begins a search for his brother that will lead him deep into the city’s Underworld…
In this beautifully-written, literary tour de force, award winning authors Marcus Sedgwick and Julian Sedgwick and artist Alexis Deacon skilfully waeve together prose, poetry and illustration to craete a lyrical and dreamlike story of two brothers in conflict amidst the devastation of WWII London.
You can follow Marcus on Twitter at @marcussedgwick
You can follow Julian on Twitter at @julianaurelius
or both on Twitter at @SedgwickBros
Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black is published by Walker Books.