Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

Midnight Robber

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Paperback | March 1, 2000

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"Deeply satisfying...succeeds on a grand scale...best of all is the language....Hopkinson's narrative voice has a way of getting under the skin."--The New York Times Book Review

"Caribbean patois adorns this novel with graceful rhythms...Beneath it lie complex, clearly evoked characters, haunting descriptions of exotic planets, and a stirring story...[This book] ought to elevate Hopkinson to star status." --Seattle Times


It's Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival--until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen's legendary powers can save her life . . . and set her free.

About The Author

Nalo Hopkinson was born in Jamaica and has lived in Guyana, Trinidad, and Canada. The daughter of a poet/playwright and a library technician, she has won numerous awards including the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Canada's Sunburst Award for literature of the fantastic. Her award-winning short fiction collect...
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Title:Midnight RobberFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.95 inPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446675601

ISBN - 13:9780446675604

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Nalo Hopkinson is all about a fascinating fusion of Caribbean literature and modern science fiction. Needless to say, Midnight Robber is an intriguing novel. The Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating Carnival with music, dance and pageantry. All sorts of masked folks only add to the spirit of the celebration, until a young girl realizes that it is part of a system that has corrupted her father. Suddenly, the two are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree, where monstrous creatures rule and violent humans rebel. The young girl must reach into the myth to become the Robber Queen, the one person whose legendary powers can save her life.

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"...employs Caribbean folk elements to tell a story that is by turns fantastic, allegorical and contemporary."-Washington Post