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In Darkness

In Darkness

by Nick Lake

2013 Printz Award Winner

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.

Ages
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 9 - 12
Genre
Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Nick Lake 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.

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