In Darkness

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 17, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 341 pages
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Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award

Bloomsbury is proud to be the global publisher of In Darkness, a stunning tour-de-force set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. "Shorty" is a Haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is the presence of slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, whose life was marred by violence, and whose own end came in darkness. What unites a child of the slums with the man who would shake a troubled country out of slavery? Is it the darkness they share . . . or is it hope?

Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary book about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country's very survival.

 

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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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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
37
Section 4
57
Section 5
70
Section 6
88
Section 7
106
Section 8
127
Section 14
192
Section 15
203
Section 16
234
Section 17
245
Section 18
266
Section 19
279
Section 20
293
Section 21
301

Section 9
135
Section 10
139
Section 11
151
Section 12
163
Section 13
175
Section 22
308
Section 23
326
Section 24
328
Section 25
339
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About the author (2012)

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.