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On the outskirts of Juarez, Arturo scrapes together a living working odd jobs and staying out of sight. But his friend Faustino is in trouble: he’s stolen money from the narcos to smuggle his girlfriend and her baby into the US, and needs Arturo's help to get it back. To help his friend, Arturo must face the remorseless world of drug and human traffickers that surrounds him, and contend with a murky past.

Hovering over his story is the unsparing divinity Santa Muerte, Saint Death — and the relentless economic and social inequalities that haunt the border between Mexico and its rich northern neighbor. Crafted with poetry and cinematic pace and narrated with cold fury, Saint Death is a provocative tour de force from three-time Printz Award honoree Marcus Sedgwick.

Starred review - Booklist
Starred review - SLJ
A must read Book of the Week - New York Post

​​Eerily timely and prescient, this ambitious story is a necessary purchase…

School Library Journal - starred review

Sedgwick crafts a provocative and unsettling story… Unflinching

Booklist - starred review

Saint Death presents a compelling interior story of resilience, poverty, loyalty, and the value of life.

The Horn Book

…genuine tragedies in the Aristotelean sense may be rare in literature for young people, but this is certainly one of them…

Bulletin for the Centre for the Children's Book

…a dizzyingly immersive experience. Readers will be both devastated and inspired.


Sedgwick writes like a dream, albeit one that you wake from heart beating fast, drenched in sweat.

The Times - London

Sedgwick's book pulls no punches, and will leave the reader reeling.

The Guardian - London

The first great anti-capitalist YA novel of the 21st century

Teen Librarian

I really enjoyed Marcus Sedgwick's strange and intriguing tale, told in rhythmical and compelling prose.

David Almond - Printz winning author