In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint.
A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte (America). The writing is poetically punchy. Exquisitely formed sentences are fired-off in smarting succession, and the juxtaposition of contemporary totems like Burger King buildings with the likes of folk saint shrines is smartly done. This is a richly layered novel in which important socio-political issues (gangs, poverty, corruption, migration, social divisions and dissonance) are made potently real through Arturo and Faustino’s predicaments. And alongside the enlightening Mexico-specific context, there’s much that is universal: friendship, loyalty, and searching for a sense of purpose. As paternal figure Siggy tells Arturo, “You just have to find out what it is you’re looking for.” Pacey and passionate, this truly exceptional book tells a tale that truly needs to be heard. ~ Joanne Owen
A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by PRINTZ MEDAL winning and CARNEGIE MEDAL, COSTA BOOK AWARD and GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE shortlisted novelist, Marcus Sedgwick. Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez - twenty metres outside town lies a fence, and beyond it, America - the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he's been working for. He's dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he's on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they're as good as dead. Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) - she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian.
...a very powerful book [...] I believe it will easily raise awareness and inspire empathy because Arturo's story is so tragic. [...] The book clearly describes the calamities that migrants like Fastino's family face as they transit through Mexico on their way north from Central America. -- Tilly Lavenas Amnesty International's Country Coordinator for Mexico
Most similar in tone to Revolver, this is an incredibly powerful thriller, tautly written and timely, exploring a world of drug lords and gang warfare, migration and capitalism, and what it means to live in poverty. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller
This promises to be a cracking read which could hardly be more poignant right now Carabas It's beautifully-written with a real sense of atmosphere, menace and tension The Bookbag
I really enjoyed Marcus Sedgwick’s strange and intriguing tale, told in rhythmical and compelling prose - David Almond
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
|Publication date:||6th October 2016|
|Publisher:||Orion Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thrillers (Children's / Teenage), Crime & mystery fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
Marcus Sedgwick began to write seriously in 1994, and his first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. Witch Hill followed in 2001, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Kiss of Death is published in paperback in April 2009, and picks up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). In between came what Marcus calls “my big one - a project I've been working on for so long my head hurts.” – Blood Red Snow White, which ...More About Marcus Sedgwick