Matt Whyman Boy Kills Man

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Boy Kills Man

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Believing that the drug dealers are the only ones who are both feared and respected in their small town in South America, Shorty and Alberto decide to pursue this route for themselves in order to gain the riches and acknowledgment they seek, but working as twelve-year-old hit men for drug dealers becomes more complex and more dangerous than they could have ever imagined.

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Matt Whyman has written books for teenagers and adults, including Man or Mouse, XY, and Superhuman. He is also a popular advice columnist and regularly appears on UK television and radio in this role. Mr. Whyman lives in the south of England with his wife and three daughters.

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Grade 7 Up–Contemporary Medellín, Colombia, is the setting for this unsettling and largely uncompromising portrayal of the life and death of Sonny, a small 13-year-old boy lost in pursuit of machismo. A grade-school dropout whose life has been twisted by poverty, he watches enviously as his menacing best friend, Alberto, lives large after being recruited by El Fantasma, a drug lord, for what become almost routine assassinations. Sonny's first hit, like Alberto's, is of a bound and gagged victim who is already being tortured, and is critiqued thusly: "You're enthusiastic. I like that in my sicarios. Maybe you were a little generous with the bullets, but the sucker had it coming." Sonny's life had previously been about "music, money, Jesus Christ, and soccer," but by the end of the book, he is caught in his own inevitable death spiral. The climax reveals unexpected depth and resonance from the ironic title. The taut story line subtly illustrates the many levels of personal, social, and political costs of the shocking violence created and perpetuated by the largely U.S.-driven international drug trade. At times the narrative sounds as if it were translated into an odd, if colloquial, English, and it occasionally drags a bit, but on the whole, the book will interest and educate readers about a world they might know nothing of otherwise. While references to smoking grass, drinking, and the violence itself might seem to limit this title to mature teen readers, the presentation makes this awful world accessible to younger readers, as well.–Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA

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