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In Darkness

by Nick Lake

Bloomsbury Press Agency | December 27, 2011 | Hardcover

In Darkness is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.

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 . . .

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 1.1 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599907437

ISBN - 13: 9781599907437

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Decent Read In Darkness is a raw, harrowing book about the twisted cruelties of man and nature, and the ongoing struggle for a countries survival. It brings vibrant characters which instantly create a deep connection with the reader. Although at certain points, due to the time skips of “now and then” and their constant intertwining the context can be quite confusing and difficult to follow. Continuing on that the slang of the writing style can be misinterpreted in one doesn’t previously understand the terms. In Darkness brings to light the difficult times of developing countries and their never ending struggle; a very interesting but difficult read overall.
Date published: 2012-03-26

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In Darkness

In Darkness

by Nick Lake

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 1.1 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1599907437

ISBN - 13: 9781599907437

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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 the Author

NICK LA KE is the editorial director for fiction for HarperCollins Children's Books UK and the author of two previous novels. Nick became fascinated by Haitian culture while pursuing his master's degree in linguistics.
www.in-darkness.org

Editorial Reviews

"A vivid and unforgettable voice ... incredibly moving." -The Times

"Unputdownable" -Daily Mail

"Gripping ... beautifully subtle." -New York Times

"Both violent and subtle, unexpectedly reminding me of The Wire. Characters, settings, and the half-believed Haitian vodou religion are handled with patience and complexity ... A serious, nuanced, challenging novel. Trust me, there are plenty of young readers who hunger for exactly that." -Patrick Ness, Guardian

"Remarkable ... Lake's elegant, restrained prose and distinct characters will reward adults and older teenagers able to brave a story with strong language, harrowing scenes of brutality and an almost painful stab of joy at the end." -Wall Street Journal