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City of Saints & Thieves



by
Natalie C. Anderson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Putnam’s
ISBN
9780399547584

Awards and Honors
Booklist Top 10 Diverse Fiction for Older and Middle Readers: 2018
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Capitol Choices 2018, Fourteen and Up
Kids’ Indie Next List Preview, Winter 2016–2017, Teens
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Fiction
BuzzFeed 28 Best YA Books of 2017
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Crime: Gang/Organized Crime
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Tina's investigation into her mother's murder takes readers through the seedy underbelly of Sangui City and the dangerous jungles of Congo. Author's note. Glossary.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Crime: Gang/Organized Crime

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

432

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.4: points 14

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Kenya. Congo. Revenge. Loss of a parent. Gangs. Homeless youth.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW] Tina has been developing her plan for revenge against her mother’s killer for five years, and it’s finally time to set it in motion. But things don’t go quite as planned when she breaks into Roland Greyhill’s palatial estate in the hills above bustling Sangui City, Kenya. Greyhill’s son, Michael, who was Tina’s best friend when her mother worked as a maid in the house, catches her downloading information from his father’s computer. His condition for not turning her in? Teaming up with him to prove that his father is innocent of murder. Tina staunchly believes in Roland’s guilt—he and her mother had been having an affair, and her mother’s body had been found in Roland’s private study. But Tina feels she has no choice but to play along. Their investigation involves members of the local gang Tina joined after her mother’s death, smugglers, oil company executives, and a dissolute journalist, and it takes Tina, Michael, and her friend Boyboy into the remote area of Congo where Tina was born as they try to learn whether something in her mother’s past led to her death. Themes of war-time horrors, post-traumatic stress disorder, economic disparity, and colonialism are seamlessly woven into a solidly plotted, swiftly paced international murder mystery that’s laced with just a hint of romance. VERDICT Highly recommended for teens looking for a gritty, suspenseful, immersive read driven by a tough, smart, realistic heroine.—Stephanie ¬Klose, School Library Journal

Horn Book

After her mother was murdered in cold blood by Roland Greyhill, a white mining tycoon and the father of Tina’s half-sister Kiki, Tina made a run for it. She deposited Kiki at a boarding school in town, while Tina herself joined the Goondas, a dangerous gang. But when Tina breaks into Mr. Greyhill’s study to hack his bank accounts, she is caught by his son Michael, with whom she grew up. Michael insists his father is not a murderer, and against her better judgment, Tina agrees to work with Michael to clear his father’s name and find her mother’s true killer. Their investigation leads them away from their home of Sangui City, Kenya, back to Congo, where Tina was born. Mr. Greyhill may not be the killer, but his mining company and former associates seem to be involved in a yearslong conspiracy against the people of Africa. Anderson’s dark thriller will appeal to readers who prefer their mysteries political and their stakes high and who will feel rewarded by solutions in shades of gray rather than black-and-white. A useful and heartfelt appended author’s note gives more context (“Much of this story is based on real events affecting real people”) and explains what was imagined by the author (“Things that are not real: the characters, plot, Sangui City . . . are all from my imagination . . . For those who know Kenya, you can imagine Sangui City as a mix of Mombasa’s beauty and Nairobi’s hustle”). Glossaries of Swahili and French words are appended. sarah hannah gómez

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW] Tina has been developing her plan for revenge against her mother’s killer for five years, and it’s finally time to set it in motion. But things don’t go quite as planned when she breaks into Roland Greyhill’s palatial estate in the hills above bustling Sangui City, Kenya. Greyhill’s son, Michael, who was Tina’s best friend when her mother worked as a maid in the house, catches her downloading information from his father’s computer. His condition for not turning her in? Teaming up with him to prove that his father is innocent of murder. Tina staunchly believes in Roland’s guilt—he and her mother had been having an affair, and her mother’s body had been found in Roland’s private study. But Tina feels she has no choice but to play along. Their investigation involves members of the local gang Tina joined after her mother’s death, smugglers, oil company executives, and a dissolute journalist, and it takes Tina, Michael, and her friend Boyboy into the remote area of Congo where Tina was born as they try to learn whether something in her mother’s past led to her death. Themes of war-time horrors, post-traumatic stress disorder, economic disparity, and colonialism are seamlessly woven into a solidly plotted, swiftly paced international murder mystery that’s laced with just a hint of romance. VERDICT Highly recommended for teens looking for a gritty, suspenseful, immersive read driven by a tough, smart, realistic heroine.—Stephanie ¬Klose, School Library Journal

Horn Book

After her mother was murdered in cold blood by Roland Greyhill, a white mining tycoon and the father of Tina’s half-sister Kiki, Tina made a run for it. She deposited Kiki at a boarding school in town, while Tina herself joined the Goondas, a dangerous gang. But when Tina breaks into Mr. Greyhill’s study to hack his bank accounts, she is caught by his son Michael, with whom she grew up. Michael insists his father is not a murderer, and against her better judgment, Tina agrees to work with Michael to clear his father’s name and find her mother’s true killer. Their investigation leads them away from their home of Sangui City, Kenya, back to Congo, where Tina was born. Mr. Greyhill may not be the killer, but his mining company and former associates seem to be involved in a yearslong conspiracy against the people of Africa. Anderson’s dark thriller will appeal to readers who prefer their mysteries political and their stakes high and who will feel rewarded by solutions in shades of gray rather than black-and-white. A useful and heartfelt appended author’s note gives more context (“Much of this story is based on real events affecting real people”) and explains what was imagined by the author (“Things that are not real: the characters, plot, Sangui City . . . are all from my imagination . . . For those who know Kenya, you can imagine Sangui City as a mix of Mombasa’s beauty and Nairobi’s hustle”). Glossaries of Swahili and French words are appended. sarah hannah gómez

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