In Darkness

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 11, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 pages
18 Reviews
Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award

This is the story of "Shorty"-a 15-year-old boy trapped in a collapsed hospital during the earthquake in Haiti. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, Shorty begins to hallucinate. As he waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, a mystical bridge seems to emerge between him and Haitian leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, uniting the two in their darkest suffering-and their hope.
A modern teen and a black slave, separated by hundreds of years. Yet in some strange way, the boy in the ruins of Port au Prince and the man who led the struggle for Haiti's independence might well be one and the same . . .
 

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Just when I think that YA fiction is only vampires, dystopia and young love gone wrong, a book like this one comes along. While it is full of swearing (not for us) but surprisingly no sex. It does ... Read full review

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Few books stick with me like this one did -- not surprising considering it is the 2013 Printz winner. Fifteen-year-old Shorty, begins his tale immediately following the 2010 earthquake that devastated ... Read full review

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Nick Lake is the much-acclaimed author of In Darkness, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, and Hostage Three, which received three starred reviews and was named a Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Boston Globe Best Book of the Year. Nick became fascinated by Haitian culture while pursuing his master's degree in linguistics. He is also the Publishing Director for fiction at HarperCollins Children's Books UK, and lives near Oxford, England. Visit him online at www.in-darkness.org and on Twitter at @nicklakeauthor.