In Darkness by Nick Lake

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In Darkness is a serious, nuanced, challenging novel. Trust me, there are plenty of young readers who hunger for exactly that.
-Guardian

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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 . . .
 

About Nick Lake

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Nick Lake is a children’s book editor at Harper UK. He received his degree in English from Oxford University. The Blood Ninja trilogy was inspired by his interest in the Far East, and by the fact that he is secretly a vampire ninja himself. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in England.
 
Published January 28, 2014 by Perfection Learning. 341 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Katie Orenstein on Feb 10 2012

...the zombie may be animated, but it is also enslaved...and controlled by malevolent outside forces. It’s a beautifully complex metaphor, but a disturbing way to bind a novel — that is, if you want to leave a young reader with hope.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Patrick Ness on Jan 20 2012

In Darkness is a serious, nuanced, challenging novel. Trust me, there are plenty of young readers who hunger for exactly that.

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