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Dundurn Winter 2017 Kids & Teen

Blood Brothers
By (author): Colleen Nelson



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Interest age, years 12 - 15, Reading age, years 12 - 15
Feb 04, 2017
$12.99 CAD


8in x 5 x 0.5 in | 160 gr

Page Count:

240 pages
Dundurn Press
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Law, police and crime|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Children’s / Teenage: Social issues|Canada
CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) 2017, Commended Dewey Divas and the Dudes Winter 2017 2017, Commended In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten List 2018, Commended High Plains Book Award, Young Adult Book 2018, Short-listed McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award 2018, Winner
  • Short Description
Graffiti artists Jakub and Lincoln are as close as brothers, but their lives diverge when Jakub gets a scholarship to a private school and Lincoln’s brother lures him into a gang.
A Winnipeg Free Press Bestseller! • In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten Selection • CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
Close as brothers, Jakub’s and Lincoln’s lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.

Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it’s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

While Jakub’s future is looking bright, Lincoln’s gets shady as he is lured into his brother’s gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced — for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz.

  • Blood Brothers is issue-based realistic fiction that draws in YA readers
  • A story for teens about people their age facing difficult choices about their peers, future, and values
  • As a teacher, the author is experienced writing issue-based books confronting harsh topics in a way that appeals to students
  • Jakub’s graffiti is a major part of the novel; graffiti art is an increasing part of our urban landscape and is gaining respect as an art form
  • Explores gang life, into which Lincoln is sucked, intrigued by his older brother and a strong peer pressure
  • Also explores the immigrant experience from a young adult’s perspective

Colleen Nelson is an award-winning teacher and author whose previous books include Finding Hope, The Fall, and Tori by Design. As the mother of two energetic boys, she does her writing in the early morning hours with a strong cup of coffee. This is Colleen’s fifth YA novel. She lives in Winnipeg.

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Digital Reader Copies available: NetGalley, Edelweiss
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Book hashtag: #BloodBrothers

Author Website: colleennelson.blogspot.ca
Author Twitter: @ColleenNelson14

Readers ... will be rewarded with an aptly dark ending that gives the book extra emotional weight. - School Library Journal

Nelson crafts an engaging story about two boys struggling to survive … Readers looking for a gritty story about true friendship and the consequences of one’s actions will enjoy this offering. - Booklist

A smartly plotted examination of the despair that keeps people in their places and the hope that pulls them out of it. - Kirkus Reviews

This is [Nelson’s] most serious novel so far and one that deserves acclaim. - Winnipeg Free Press

Blood Brothers will have huge appeal to both male and female young adult readers … Thought-provoking yet entertaining. - Canadian Materials

For Jakub and Lincoln, whose voices Colleen Nelson asserts both honestly and compassionately through those strides and missteps, it's their brotherhood that walks with them, leaving its own footprints. - Can Lit for Little Canadians

Nelson’s gritty new novel…skillfully explores moral dilemmas and difficult decisions. - Canadian Children's Book News

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