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“In darkness, I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two.“
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, a teenage boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital; thirsty, terrified and alone. Shorty is a child of the slums, of the gangs who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. He has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Solèy. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost seven years ago. Shorty has been given a choice – but is he man enough to take it? As he fights to survive, he must search for the light that lies beyond the darkness of his life…
Winner of the 2013 Printz Award.
“A vivid and unforgettable voice… incredibly moving.” The Times
“Unputdownable.” Daily Mail
“Both violent and subtle… A serious, nuanced, challenging novel.” Patrick Ness, Guardian
January 3rd, 2013
AR book level: 5.6; Upper years; 13.0 points