The Fountains of Silence
Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography—and fate—introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War—as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.
Author’s note. “Research and Sources.” Glossary of Spanish phrases and words. Black-and-white photographs.
JLG Release: Jan 2020
Awards & Honors
2019 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
CPL Best Books - 2019
Wall Street Journal Best Children's Books - 2019
Entertainment Weekly Best YA Books - 2019
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
Bulletin Blue Ribbons - 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine*, School Library Journal*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*
School Library Journal
9" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
Francisco Franco (1892–1975), Dictatorship, Hotels, motels, etc, Photography, Secrets, Twentieth-century history of Spain, Madrid, Spain, Politics and government,