by Colleen Nelson
Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.
When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it’s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.
While Jakub’s future is looking bright, Lincoln’s gets shady as he is lured into his brother’s gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced — for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz.
Colleen Nelson, Canadian author from Winnipeg, Manitoba has written another winner! I enjoy Colleen’s style as she sinks her teeth into difficult subjects that appear to be well researched.
Each of Blood Brothers’ two protagonists, Jakub and Lincoln, has the opportunity to tell his side of the story through alternating chapters.
As circumstances cause their friendship to divide, they become more intertwined than ever through a series of bad choices. What would a YA novel be without a significant number of bad choices? Blood Brothers does not disappoint. The characters are well fleshed out, each with their own voice. The story moves quickly and dangerously.
This is an unsolicited review, I purchased this book from McNally Robinson Booksellers.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Dundurn (Feb. 4 2017)
I have read 250 Hours and The Fall, also by Colleen Nelson and would recommend reading them as well.
(Finding Hope and Sadia are on my to-be-read pile.)