The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
By Francisco X. Stork
(Scholastic Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780545151344, 352pp.)
Publication Date: January 2012
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One is dying of cancer. The other's planning a murder.
When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony's Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he'll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister's killer. But then he's assigned to help D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. D.Q. tells Pancho all about his "Death Warrior's Manifesto," which will help him to live out his last days fully--ideally, he says, with the love of the beautiful Marisol. As Pancho tracks down his sister's murderer, he finds himself falling under the influence of D.Q. and Marisol, who is everything D.Q. said she would be;and he is inexorably drawn to a decision: to honor his sister and her death, or embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life.
Nuanced in its characters and surprising in its plot developments--both soulful and funny--LAST SUMMER is a buddy novel of the highest kind: the story of a friendship that helps two young men become all they can be.
Francisco X. Stork is the author of MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award, and THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list. He lives near Boston with his wife.
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010
[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
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