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The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
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Sep 15, 10

Read in September, 2010

I read this book after hearing it mentioned as a strong Printz Award candidate last year, and it didn't disappoint. Pancho is placed in a residential center for teens following the death of his father in an accident and the possible murder of his sister. All Pancho can think about is finding the truth behind his sister's death and killing the man involved. At his new home, he meets D.Q., a teen in the final stages of leukemia. D.Q. is writing the Death Warrior Manifesto, a declaration of his intent to wring every bit of life and love out of his last days. That love is for Marisol, a teen volunteer at the hospital where D.Q. has chemo treatments...but Marisol and Pancho find that they have a strong attraction too. The overall feel of this book strongly reminded me of Libby Bray's outstanding "Going Bovine", but with fewer hallucinogens and a more grounded plotline. There are a lot of big themes here: love, loss, loyalty...but it doesn't bog down the book and the result is a very memorable story.
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message 1: by Judith (new)

Judith Weaver great review. now I want to read it!


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