The Painted Boy

The Painted Boy Cover

The Painted Boy

By Charles de Lint

Viking Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780670011919, 431pp.

Publication Date: November 11, 2010

Jay Li should be in Chicago, finishing high school and working at his family's restaurant. Instead, as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan-part human, part dragon, like his grandmother-he is on a quest even he does not understand. His journey takes him to Santo del Vado Viejo in the Arizona desert, a town overrun by gangs, haunted by members of other animal clans, perfumed by delicious food, and set to the beat of Malo Malo, a barrio rock band whose female lead guitarist captures Jay's heart. He must face a series of dangerous, otherworldly-and very human-challenges to become the man, and dragon, he is meant to be. This is Charles de Lint at his best.

About the Author
Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Canada.