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Historical Fiction Ages 12+
List Price: $14.95 CAD / $11.95 USD
Trim Size: 14 x 20.32 cm / 5.5 x 8 in.
Canadian Publication Date: August 15, 2013
U.S. Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services
When speaking out is forbidden, how far will Wilm go to make his voice heard?
After a childhood cut short by war and the harsh strictures of Nazi Germany, sixteen-year-old Wilm is finally tasting freedom. In spite of the scars World War II has left on his hometown, Leipzig, and in spite of the oppressive new Soviet regime, Wilm is finding his own voice. It’s dangerous, of course, to be sneaking out at night to leave messages on police buildings. But it’s exciting, too, and Wilm feels justified, considering his family’s suffering. Until one mission goes too far, and Wilm finds he’s endangered the very people he most wants to protect.
Award-winning author Karen Bass brings readers a fast-paced story about a boy fighting for self-expression in an era of censorship and struggle.
Awards and Honours:
2015 CBC Books’ 100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian
2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book
2015 Bank Street Best Book
2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
2014/2015 B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award nominee
2014 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People winner
2014 CLA Young Adult Book Award winner
2014 R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature winner
2014 CAA Exporting Alberta Award winner
2014 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
2013 OLA Best Bet
2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
“[A] gripping page-turner…The authentic setting, compelling characters and taut, suspenseful plot claim attention throughout.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The last quarter of the book is nonstop action . . . Wilm is a flawed but engaging protagonist, prone to headstrong actions, and he matures believably over the course of the story.”—School Library Journal
“Graffiti Knight shines a light on an experience about which there is little information….a good addition to any library.”—VOYA
“…The book makes it clear how war and its aftermath touch everyone…a fresh perspective on life for the Germans after WWII.”—International Reading Association
“…it has more drama than the Hunger Games.”—Resource Links
“…incredibly gripping and informative. As young adult war-related historical fiction goes, this book is second to none…Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine
“Bass has artfully recreated an historical time and place peopled by realistic, three-dimensional characters grappling with their own emotions and global forces they can only barely understand.”—John Wilson, Quill & Quire
“a riveting page-turner that readers will find impossible to put down.”—Canadian Children’s Book News
“An action-packed emotional story filled with foolishness, friendship and courage.”—The Calgary Herald
“Award-winning author Karen Bass brings readers a fast-paced story about a boy fighting for self-expression in an era of censorship and struggle.”—Oak Bay News