The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545151337
Branch Call Number: TEEN STORK
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 22 cm.


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Vero_biblio Jun 12, 2013

Another great book by F. Stork! I love how his stories are narrated by young men at a crucial point of their development (in this one, as in 'Marcelo in the real world). Really interesting characters and plot, too. I highly recommend for teenagers over 15, and adults, too!

LibraryK8 Dec 13, 2010

I enjoy books that are plot driven rather than character driven, so while I can appreciate the book, it is not one that I would read over and over again. However, I really liked Pancho, he was a complex character. Another character points out that he is like a coin with two sides, one angry, one caring, and you never know which Pancho you are going to get. I can relate to that.


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LibraryK8 Dec 13, 2010

Pancho has always been a fighter, and his fists have gotten him in trouble on more than one occasion. After his father dies in an accident at work, and his mentally handicapped sister is found dead in a hotel room, Pancho is placed at St. Anthony’s to finish his senior year of high school. But Pancho has no intention of graduating. He is convinced that someone killed his sister, and he will discover the truth at all costs.

Everyone at St. Anthony’s has a job, and Pancho’s is assigned to take care of another resident of the orphanage, D.Q., a boy his age who is dying of cancer. D.Q. doesn’t waste any time, he doesn’t have much left, enlisting Pancho to become what he calls a Death Warrior. Before he dies D.Q. is trying to write the Death Warrior’s Manifesto, lessons about appreciating life and love, and fighting against hatred and self-pity. Pancho couldn’t care less about being a Death Warrior but he follows D.Q. to Albuquerque for his chemo treatments, following the trail of his sister’s killer.


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