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[STAR] "Characters that are just as fully formed and memorable as in Stork's Marcelo in the Real World embody this openhearted, sapient novel about finding authentic faith and choosing higher love."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
[STAR] "Stork's latest marks him as one of the most promising young adult authors of the new decade." -- The Horn Book, starred review
“Complicated yet ultimately endearing characters are a Francisco Stork standard. His latest novel doesn't disappoint.” -- Chicago Sun-Times
"An intricate, engaging story, with the occasional parallel to Don Quixote." -- The Denver Post
This is the first novel I have read by Francisco Stork and believe me he did not disappoint.
The story begins when the main character, Pancho, is admitted to a St. Anthony's a boy orphanage after breaking another boy's jaw. Pancho is still grieving for his mother, father (who died in a work-related accident), and his sister, Rosa who he strongly believes was murdered. He vows that he'll kill his sister's murderer once and for all.
Pancho quickly becomes the companion of D.Q. , a boy his age suffering from brain cancer. D.Q. is writing a manifesto for Death Warriors that he shares with Pancho. D.Q. invites Pancho with him to the hospital where he'll receive treatment and see Marisol, the girl D.Q. is in love with.
As the story goes on, a dilemma occurs when both Pancho and D.Q. fall for the sweet, beautiful Marisol. Also, a problem starts when Pancho has to decide whether a true Death Warrior could actually take another life.
Definitely read it. I read all this book in 2 days and mostly on the 2nd day. I loved it and look forward to reading his other teen novel Marcelo in Real Life.
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