CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES
Young Adult Fiction
From Penguin Random House:
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.
With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.
Read Chapter One in USA Today here
Press and Reviews:
“... a twisty-turny, chock-full-of-secrets, so-exciting-you-have-to-force-yourself-to-take-breaks-and-breathe kind of novel."
--New York Times Book Review
* “[A] solidly plotted, swiftly paced international murder mystery that’s laced with just a hint of romance. . . . Highly recommended for teens looking for a gritty, suspenseful, immersive read driven by a tough, smart, realistic heroine.”
--School Library Journal, starred review
*"Anderson, a former aid worker, deftly addresses issues in the region in this fast-paced thriller, highlighting the struggles of refugees in war-torn eastern Congo and the human rights violations that women in particular face."
-- Publisher's Weekly, starred review
*"[T]he nicely twisted climax is totally believable, and readers will be sorry to leave Tina, whose fierce loyalty to her family drives her actions."
-- Booklist, starred review
*"Tina is a fiercely intelligent, scrappy, and resourceful character worth cheering for ...heart-stopping excitement..."
-- BCCB (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books), starred review
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One of Barnes & Noble's 10 Most Anticipated YA Thrillers of 2017
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A Teen Vogue Best New Young Adult Book – January 2017
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