The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco Stork

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...this author’s appeal rests not only with his simplicity of prose, but with characters whose dreams and desires make the pages seem to glimmer with a spiritual appreciation of humanity in all of its manifestations.
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When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony's Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he'll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister's killer. But then he's assigned to help D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. D.Q. tells Pancho all about his "Death Warrior's Manifesto," which will help him to live out his last days fully--ideally, he says, with the love of the beautiful Marisol. As Pancho tracks down his sister's murderer, he finds himself falling under the influence of D.Q. and Marisol, who is everything D.Q. said she would be;and he is inexorably drawn to a decision: to honor his sister and her death, or embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life. Nuanced in its characters and surprising in its plot developments--both soulful and funny--Last Summer is a buddy novel of the highest kind: the story of a friendship that helps two young men become all they can be.
 

About Francisco Stork

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Francisco X. Stork is the author of Marcelo in the Real World, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list and won the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award; Irises; and The Memory of Light, which received four starred reviews. He lives near Boston with his wife. You can find him on the web at www.franciscostork.com and @StorkFrancisco.
 
Published June 1, 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 356 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Rhapsody in Books

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on Aug 02 2010

...this author’s appeal rests not only with his simplicity of prose, but with characters whose dreams and desires make the pages seem to glimmer with a spiritual appreciation of humanity in all of its manifestations.

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