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Saint Death

Saint Death

A Novel

Marcus Sedgwick

Roaring Brook Press

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A propulsive, compelling, and unsparing novel set in the grimly violent world of the human and drug trade on the US-Mexican border.

On the outskirts of Juarez, Arturo scrapes together a living working odd jobs and staying out of sight. But his friend Faustino is in trouble: he’s stolen money from the narcos to smuggle his girlfriend and her baby into the US, and needs Arturo's help to get it back. To help his friend, Arturo must face the remorseless world of drug and human traffickers that surrounds him, and contend with a murky past.

Hovering over his story is the unsparing divinity Santa Muerte, Saint Death—and the relentless economic and social inequalities that haunt the border between Mexico and its rich northern neighbor. Crafted with poetry and cinematic pace and narrated with cold fury, Saint Death is a provocative tour de force from three-time Printz Award honoree Marcus Sedgwick.

This title has Common Core connections.


A New York City Public Library Notable Best Book for Teens
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

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Praise for Saint Death

"Eerily timely and prescient, this ambitious story is a necessary purchase for all collections."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Sedgwick’s unflinching narrative is timely and guaranteed to incite discussion, if not debate."—Booklist, starred review

"A compelling interior story of resilience, poverty, loyalty, and the value of life."—Horn Book

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Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in Kent in South East England, but now lives in the French Alps. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards; most notably, he has been shortlisted for Britain’s Carnegie Medal six times, has received two Printz Honors, for Revolver and Ghosts of Heaven, and in 2013 won the Printz Award for Midwinterblood.

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