Playing for the Devil's Fire

Playing for the Devil's Fire

eBook - 2016
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Thirteen-year-old Boli and his friends are deep in the middle of a game of marbles. An older boy named Mosca has won the prized Devil's Fire marble. His pals are jealous and want to win it away from him. This is Izayoc, the place of tears, a small pueblo in a tiny valley west of Mexico City where nothing much happens. It's a typical hot Sunday morning except that on the way to church someone discovers the severed head of Enrique Quintanilla propped on the ledge of one of the cement planters in the plaza and everything changes. Not apocalyptic changes, like phalanxes of men riding on horses with stingers for tails, but subtle ones: poor neighbors turning up with brand-new SUVs, pimpled teens with fancy girls hanging off them. Boli's parents leave for Toluca and don't arrive at their destination. No one will talk about it. A washed out masked wrestler turns up one day, a man only interested in finding his next meal. Boli hopes to inspire the luchador to set out with him to find his parents. Phillippe Diederich was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Mexico City and Miami. His parents were forced out of Haiti by the dictatorship of Papa Doc Duvalier in 1963. As a photojournalist, Diederich has traveled extensively through Mexico and witnessed the terrible tragedies of the Drug Wars.
Publisher: New York : Cinco Puntos Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781941026311
Branch Call Number: EBOOK YA OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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AL_CATHERINE Jan 12, 2017

I went in expecting a nice story about kids battling over a rare marble but got so much more. The drug cartel has finally arrived in Boli's tiny village near Mexico City and everything about his life is about to change. Dark and gritty, this coming-of-age novel is a well-written look at the reality of living under the shadow of the cartel in Mexico. I highly recommend it! Warning: This novel is fairly graphic, with a fair amount of murder and some language.

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pasmendiola
May 16, 2016

great teen novel, just the fact that it shows that good doesn't always triumph and how rotten things can get makes me recommend it, great coming of age story, won't be disappointed

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