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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - FaithLibrarian - LibraryThing
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