Author interview nick lake, author of in darkness bookpage. In darkness in darkness by nick lake is the selection for the laiis vamos a leer book group meeting held on may 5, 2014. Nick lakes in darkness is just the kind of book that might attract this brand of unfair criticism. Hes also the editorial director for fiction for harpercollins childrens books uk and the author of two previous novels. Nick became fascinated by haitian culture while pursuing his masters degree in linguistics. Nick lake is the author of hostage three and printzaward winner in darkness. In darkness, by nick lake, is an intertwined story about a 15 year old boy, shorty, who gets trapped in a hospital after an earthquake in haiti, and toussaint louverture, who is leading one of the greatest slave revolutions in haiti in the late 1700s. He has a little time on his hands now theres an understatement, for you, so he decides to tell us his life story. As an adult i enjoyed the novel and i didnt feel it pulled any punches or was overly simplistic understandably details of louvertures life and politics have been simplified, something. In darkness by nick lake 2012, hardcover for sale online. In darkness just won the printz award, so i had high expectations.
Yet as shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across 200 years of history. Nick is a professional writer who is known for his awardwinning book, in darkness. In darkness by lake, nick and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. As an author, nick has won the printz award, for his novel in darkness, and has been shortlisted for the carnegie medal twice. Or you fill them up with sadness, and they destroy themselves. He discovered haitian culture as part of his masters degree in linguistics and has since been fascinated by it.
Either you fill them up with hate, and they destroy everything around them. Set in haiti in both the past and present, in darkness focuses on two important events in the countrys history. A dark journey well worth takingengrossing, disturbing, illuminating kirkus. The following information comprises a standardsbased educators guide that the laii has produced to support using in darkness bloomsbury, 2012 in the classroom. Author nick lake talks about in darkness, his wonderful new book for adults and children. A teenage boy is trapped and terrified beneath the ruins of a hospital. Read online in darkness by nick lake book or download in. When author nick lake heard about the earthquake, he knew he wanted to write a book inspired by the catastrophic event. We can tell that darkness is not just about shortys physical surroundings, though.
Nick lake lives near oxford with his wife and family. In 2012, his powerful and moving novel in darkness, about the haitian earthquake, was published for adults and. Nick lakes novel in darkness spans the traumatic history of haiti, from its origins as the worlds only nation born of a slave revolution to its status today as one of the worlds. Toussaint in darkness by nick lake presented by marissa tan, kaila honegger, jovany padilla the author uses flashback as a form of giving the reader a better understanding of what has been going on prior to the present. In darkness, set in haiti, is nicks first book for adults and older teen readers. As shorty is stuck with no food or water, he begins to hallucinate about toussaint. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. As he waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, a mystical bridge seems to emerge between him and haitian leader toussaint louverture, uniting the two in their darkest suffering and their hope.
It is the presence of slave and revolutionary leader toussaint louverture, whose life was marred by violence, and whose own end came in darkness. In darkness by nick lake a boy lived in the site in haiti, a place of extreme poverty and violence. Nick lake is one writer who is keen on creating stories that are entertaining and. Wed best get used to it, though, since this is where he is during the entire story. Nick lake weaves haitis dark past with its painful present into a story that is gripping, moving and uplifting. Printz award and was shortlisted for the carnegie medal. In the aftermath of the haitian earthquake, a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital. Injured in a gun fight, he is in a hospital when the earthquake happens, trapping him beneath the building. In darkness by nick lake overdrive rakuten overdrive.
Or you fill them up with justice, and they try to destroy everything thats bad and cruel in this world. Sure, hes stuck under the rubble and cant see anything, but he uses this to make us. The main characters of this christian fiction, historical story are marcus. Through the memories of shorty, a boy caught in the rubble of a hospital after the earthquake, and the eyes of toussaint, the leader of haitis first foray into independence. Nick lake shorty is a haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. In darkness by nick lake is in the the cilip carnegie medal 20. When you keep hurting someone, you do one of three things. He first discovered haitian culture as part of his masters degree in linguistics and has since been fascinated by it. Its the story of shorty, a haitian teen jammed under the rubble of a hospital in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 eathquake that devastated an already impoverished country. Nick lake is the editorial director for fiction at harpercollins childrens books and is the author of the secret ministry of frost and blood ninja. As he waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, a mystical bridge seems to emerge between him and haitian leader. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems. In darkness i count my blessings like manman taught me.
When we first meet shorty, hes stuck under a pile of rubble from an earthquake. Nick lake was born in britain but grew up in luxembourg, where his father worked for the european parliament. His powerful and moving novel in darkness, about the haitian earthquake, won the 20 michael l. Nick lake has worked on many books and has sold many copies in different parts of the globe. Nick lakes novel in darkness spans the traumatic history of haiti, from its. Nick lake is the muchacclaimed author of in darkness, winner of the michael l.
The literal darkness one finds when trapped beneath the rubble of the massive earthquake that devastated haiti in 2010. In darkness by nick lake packs a lot of story into its pages. In fact, in darkness starts out, well, in darkness, and it pretty much ends in it, too. The 2010 devastating earthquake in haiti is dramatically fictionalized and the overthrowing of slavery hundreds of years earlier in haiti is attempted to be told in as true a fashion as possible. Read in darkness by nick lake for free with a 30 day free trial. As a young boy lies buried in the rubble of a hospital after the 2010 catastrophic earthquake in haiti, his dreams, memories and. In the aftermath of the haitian earthquake, a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital, thirsty, terrified and alone.
Get it today with same day delivery, order pickup or drive up. As a young boy lies buried in the rubble of a hospital after the 2010 catastrophic earthquake in haiti, his dreams, memories and thoughts form the dialogue that shapes this book. Nick lake is editorial director for fiction for harpercollins childrens books and is the author of the secret ministry of frost and blood ninja. The mysterious, almost mystical nature of this gesture is a surefire sign that this green light is. Nick lake was born in northumberland, england, but grew up in luxembourg. Pdf an echo in the darkness book mark of the lion free. Free download or read online an echo in the darkness pdf epub mark of the lion series book. He works in publishing by day and writes books in every spare moment he can find.
A modern teen and a black slave, separated by hundreds of years. There will be lies is out now, about a girl whose life is turned upside down after she meets a talking. Nick is also a publishing director for childrens fiction, working with many of the bestknown names in childrens books. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, shorty begins to hallucinate. In darkness, i count my blessings like manman taught me. In darkness has been marketed as a book for both adults and young adults. The first edition of the novel was published in 1994, and was written by francine rivers. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 461 pages and is available in paperback format. In darkness book trailer, author nick lake youtube. Shorty is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been.
In 2012, his powerful and moving novel in darkness, about t. Nick lakes novel in darkness, about a boy who survives the earthquake that devastated haiti in 2010, is a harrowing but beautifully written book, the kind of story that can open up a whole new world to its readers. Author nick lake provides an intertwined story based on two true events. Reading guide for in darkness by nick lake bloomsbury publishing. Yet as shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. Nick works in publishing by day and writes in every spare moment he can find. Nick lake is one writer who is keen on creating stories that are entertaining and yet are based on reallife situations.1459 1385 941 1442 508 1535 997 1657 931 435 902 519 1659 459 442 616 380 329 1659 1181 1162 464 1507 486 1126 2 142 507 1637 1215 1660 340 194 90 1018 200 876 1124 1027 719 1068 452