224 pages; published July 2009
A boy sits in a remote cabin with the frozen body of his dead father, waiting for help to arrive. What arrives instead is his worst nightmare – a huge murderous man who steps out of his father’s past.
Sig Andersson is stuck alone in a cabin north of the Arctic Circle. His only company? His father’s dead, frozen body slowly melting on the kitchen table. Sig waits, hoping his sister and step-mother will bring help from the nearby town. Instead, danger arrives in the form of a mountainous man who insists he is owed part of the bounty stolen by Sig’s father 10 years before in the goldfields of Nome, Alaska. Seeing as Sig’s father is unavailable, the man says, he figures now it is Sig who owes him.
With no idea about stolen gold, but sure the man would not hesitate to use the gun on his hip, Sig is desperate to get his hands on the family treasure he does know about – a revolver hidden in the pantry.
I’ll Recommend this to …
- Students (particularly boys) who have been assigned to or want to read historical fiction
- Readers asking for mysteries, thrillers, or realistic fiction
- Anyone who wants a story that gets your attention right away
Awards/Honors (source: GoodReads.com):
- Printz Honor Book (2011)
- YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)
- ALA’s Top Ten Best books for Young Adults (2011)
- Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of the Year for Fiction (2010)