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Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award This is the story of "Shorty"-a 15-year-old boy trapped in a collapsed hospital during the earthquake in Haiti. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, Shorty begins to hallucinate. As he waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, a mystical bridge seems to emerge between him and Haitian leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, uniting the two in their darkest suffering-and their hope.A modern teen and a black slave, separated by hundreds of years. Yet in some strange way, the boy in the ruins of Port au Prince and the man who led the struggle for Haiti's independence might well be one and the same . . .

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Nick Lake

Nick Lake was born in Northumberland, England, but grew up in Luxembourg. As an author, Nick has won the Printz Award, for his novel In Darkness, and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal twice.Nick is also a publishing director for children's fiction, working with many of the best-known names in children's books. Nick lives in Oxfordshire with his family, in a 16th century house with 19th century windows. He advises against visiting in winter.

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