Friday, January 7, 2011

Marcelo and the Death Warriors

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork: Marcelo Sandoval, who is 17 and has Asperger's syndrome (a form of Autism), is looking forward to his planned summer of working in the stables at his school and caring for the ponies there. But his plans are set aside when his father forces him to work in the mail room at his law office in order for Marcelo to keep on attending his special school. Marcelo's about to get a lesson in how the world and the human heart really work.

Francisco X. Stork and I have a short history. I read the description for Marcelo in the Real World about a year ago and first, checked the Chapters website looking if I could find a copy to buy it. THERE WERE NONE. NOT ONE IN ANY OF THE STORES IN MY CITY.

I despaired and then searched through the Public Library website and found it there. Except again...there were not a lot of copies and a good number of holds on it. I put a hold on it and decided to wait.

But one day, I went into the library looking for something (anything) to read and there was Marcelo sitting on the shelf. And so blog reader, I took him home with me.

That all being said, I love this book. I love Marcelo. Like how he always refers to himself in the third person, his obsession with religion, and his complete lack of understanding for most things. In this book, you watch Marcelo grow as an individual and learn to make his own decisions regarding his life.

An aspect I found interesting about the novel was that while it's clear that Marcelo does have Asperger's, his father is under the impression that Marcelo is, for lack of a better term, "normal" and that the condition is rubish. I was shocked at his father's denial. And the thing is I believe this is quite common an occurance. That family memebrs facing a tough event or hard truth do sometimes try to either ignore or deny it.

So please give Marcelo a chance and read his story. It's a good one, I promise.

The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork: This novel is about 17-year-old Pancho, who plans to avenge the death of his 20-year-old mentally disabled sister. Pancho is then sent to a home for boys where he meets D.Q, a boy dying of a rare type of cancer. D.Q knows what Pancho is planning to do and tries to show his friend that there are more important things in life like love rather than revenge.

The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors is Stork's latest novel. It came out in March 2010 and I totally missed it because I hadn't seen any mention of it until this week. I haven't read it yet but it's already been put on hold. Oh baby oh baby just wait until I get you home.

Another thing to mention is the cover art because it's beautiful. Both covers deal with silhouettes but then there are these great bursts of colour in the background of the image. Amazing work. 


  1. Wow, I missed The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, too! How is it that some books get hyped for what seems like years before their release and others are not discussed at all? (well, I guess the answer probably lies in the fact that none of Mr. Stork's books involve hot werewolf boys). I adore these covers, too. So different from what we normally see in YA. I enjoyed Marcello, so I gotta go check out Death Warriors, too!

  2. I've noticed this same trend too and I think it gives people the wrong idea about YA fiction. It's not about werewolves and vampires all the time, there are novels about very human issues in YA.

    I hope you enjoy it!