Saint Death

By Marcus Sedgwick

In a shack on the outskirts of Juarez, a teenage boy visits a long-lost friend. Arturo is an orphan scraping together a living working odd jobs and staying out of sight. His friend, Faustino, has joined one of the city’s violent drug gangs. Now he’s in trouble: he’s stolen money from thenarcos to smuggle his girlfriend and her baby into the U.S., and he wants Arturo’s help getting it back before they kill him. Reluctantly, Arturo agrees. Over the next 24 hours, he will be drawn into a desperate struggle with violent and remorseless men and the relentless forces of economic and social inequality between Mexico and its rich neighbor, and a grim and shocking reckoning with his past and his future.

Hovering over this story is Santa Muerte, Saint Death, the unsparing divinity whose motto is, Don’t worry about where you will go, you will die where you have to. Crafted with poetry and told with cinematic pace, Saint Death is three-time Printz Award honoree Marcus Sedgwick’s most provocative and compelling novel to date.

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Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick was born and raised in Kent in South East England and now lives in the French Alps. His books have won and been shortlisted for many awards; most notably, Midwinterblood was awarded the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award.