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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francisco Stork, Francisco X. Stork Narrator: Ryan Gesel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One is dying of cancer. The other’s planning a murder.

When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony’s Home, he knows his time there will be short. If his plans succeed, he’ll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister’s killer. But then he’s assigned to help DQ, whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. DQ tells Pancho all about his “Death Warrior’s Manifesto,” which will help him to live out his last days fully—ideally, he says, with the love of the beautiful Marisol. As Pancho tracks down his sister’s murderer, he finds himself falling under the influence of DQ and Marisol, who is everything DQ said she would be, and he is inexorably drawn to a tough choice: to honor his sister and her death or embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life.

Nuanced in its characters and surprising in its plot developments—both soulful and funny—Last Summer is a buddy novel of the highest kind: the story of a friendship that helps two young men become all they can be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intricate, engaging story, with the occasional parallel to Don Quixote.”

    Denver Post

  • “Complicated yet ultimately endearing characters are a Francisco Stork standard. His latest novel doesn’t disappoint.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Characters that are just as fully formed and memorable as in Stork’s Marcelo in the Real World embody this openhearted, sapient novel about finding authentic faith and choosing higher love.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Stork’s latest marks him as one of the most promising young adult authors of the new decade.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Stork’s characterizations are solid, from D.Q.’s probing intensity to Pancho’s silent rage. Female characters are vivid as well, from Helen’s passive aggression to Marisol, who displays a soulful intelligence. The narrative is dialogue heavy, but even philosophical conversations between steely Pancho and effusive D.Q. are natural, and often funny.”

    School Library Journal

  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • Selected for the Spring 2010 Kids' Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 2/20/2014

    " It's a fantastic book! a very good read. this book can teach you to look at life a totally different way. to make you think about how precious life really is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heidi | 2/7/2014

    " I heard this author speak and thought he was a beautiful human being. I wanted to read what a man like that would write and I have not been disappointed! He crafts beautiful stories. Although I liked Marcello in the Real World better, this also was a powerful story about the soul's desire to live and reach for goodness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristenfalsocapaldi | 2/5/2014

    " Overall, what a great YA novel! I enjoyed the story and its very big theme of embracing life even in the face of so much death. I thought every character seemed real, and I loved the weaving in of the various supporting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/1/2014

    " I do think this was a good book - obviously, since I gave it a 4/5. However, when (SPOILER ALERT) Pancho goes to avenge his sister, it seems really weird that he just walks away... I mean you think he'd do something. Something! "

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