Boy Kills Man

by Matt Whyman

Thirteen-year-old Sonny may be small for his age but having grown up on the streets... read more

Thirteen-year-old Sonny may be small for his age but having grown up on the streets of Medellin, Colombia, he is streetwise and tough. But he and his best friend Alberto have big dreams. They both want to escape poverty and live in a world where their biggest worry is who will win the next soccer match (for which they will, of course, have great seats). Alberto shows up one day with a gun and tells Sonny he has been hired by drug lords to work as an assassin, and it seems that perhaps their dreams will come true: the gun brings Alberto both power and money. When Alberto suddenly disappears, Sonny decides to take his place as an assassin. The grim, uncompromising world of poverty, violence and the international drug trade are brought to life in this gripping novel with an unusual plot and setting. (Age 14 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006

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