Book Giveaway!! In Darkness

in-darkness 2It’s our last giveaway of the school year!! We’re giving away a copy of In Darkness (ages 14 and up)written by Nick Lake–our featured novel for May’s book group meeting!! Check out the following starred review from School Library Journal:

Trapped in the rubble of Haiti’s massive 2010 earthquake, teenage Shorty desperately waits for rescue. While in darkness, events of his traumatic, violent life replay in his head. He is haunted by his father’s brutal murder, his twin sister’s disappearance, and the armed gang activity that has been his means of survival in Site Soléy (Cite Soleil), a very real and dangerous slum. As he faces death and struggles to understand the external forces that have shaped him, Shorty gradually feels the uplifting spiritual presence of revered slave liberator Toussaint L’Ouverture and draws strength and hope from the man’s extraordinary life, determination, and idealism. The pervasive Haitian voodoo belief in spirit transfer empowers Shorty and connects him with Touissant across time. In alternating chapters of “Now” and “Then,” Shorty’s and Toussaint’s stories unfold. The relentless oppression, poverty, violence, and instability of the country is vividly conveyed through Shorty’s stark, graphic narrative. Toussaint’s story provides historical background for the socioeconomic and political conflicts that continue today. As the author notes, he portrays the essential spirit and history of Touissant with some omissions and simplifications. For example, Touissant learned to read as a boy, and not late in life, but this factual inaccuracy does not diminish the account of his charisma and significance. The entangled actions of gangs and government, the complicated relationship between Haitians and foreign-aid organizations, and the rich mix of Creole and French patois provide insight and authenticity. A striking cast of characters, compelling tension as Shorty confronts his own death, and the reality and immediacy of Haiti’s precarious existence will captivate secondary readers.–Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC

It’s the perfect book for May’s Haitian Heritage Month! To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by April 27th.  Everyone who comments between March 31st and April 27th will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Good luck!

14 thoughts on “Book Giveaway!! In Darkness

  1. My sister did a medical mission in Haiti in January, and although I’ve worked with folks from Dominican Republic, I don’t know much about Haiti. I’m going to order this — fiction is such a wonderful way to enter a world you know nothing about…

    • I don’t know much about Haiti either, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I’ve heard great things about it. Once you get a chance to read it, we’d love to hear what you think about it. I think you’re right, fiction is an amazing way to learn about the world. That’s one of the reasons I think it can be so powerful in the classroom.

  2. It looks like a good read. I would love to offer it to my grandson because I am trying to instill in him a spirit of thankfulness for what he has. Hopefully, reading this, will open his eyes….

  3. Ooh, looks interesting. It’s strange, but I’ve studied years of Latin American literature and I’ve just realized this is the first time I’ve come across anything from Haiti. The forgotten country. How terrible. I aim to remedy that! Thanks for the nudge, and please enter me in the draw. Exciting!

    • So sorry I didn’t respond to this sooner! Somehow I missed it. We’ve got you entered our giveaway. I’m starting the book this week, and I can’t wait. You’re right, we don’t often come across literature, especially young adult literature, about Haiti. Edwidge Danticat’s writes a great deal about Haiti. She has both young adult and adult fiction, while rarely ‘easy’ reads, her work is really beautiful.

    • So glad it got to you! Hope you enjoy it. It was different than any other novel I’ve read about Haiti, but I thought it was a really interesting read.

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