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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 X. Stork Narrator: Ryan Gesell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307707048
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DEATH
It surrounds Pancho. His father, in an accident. His sister, murdered. His own plans to trace her killer. And D.Q.— a guy Pancho’s age who’s dying of cancer.
That is, if he’ll ever shut up.

LOVE
D.Q. is writing the Death Warrior Manifesto, a guide to living out his last days fully. He needs just one more thing: the love of the beautiful Marisol. But as Pancho tracks down his sister’s murderer, he finds himself falling for Marisol as well. . . .

FAITH
And choices that seemed right and straightforward become tender, tentative, real. While D.Q. faces his own crisis of doubt, Pancho is inexorably drawn to a decision: to revenge his sister and her death, or to embrace the way of the Death Warrior and choose life. Download and start listening now!

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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/28/2014

    " Pancho and Daniel are two very different teenage boys living in a New Mexico orphanage. They both are facing life changing events. One of the boys is dying from cancer and the other boy has a moral dilemma with possible catastrophic consequences to his future. The one thing they do have in common is there loyalty to each other and both have faced tragedies in their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancylouu | 1/20/2014

    " This is absolutely one of the best books I've ever read. I'm planning on giving my eyes a little rest and then finding another book by this awesome author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/17/2014

    " This was fine. I didn't like it as well as Marcello; the characters weren't as engaging and the plot seemed really slow. I appreciated the nuances of Pancho's character, but i felt he was missing something to being him all together. Overall it was a fine story, but nothing I got too excited about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Seigel | 12/21/2013

    " A complex and beautiful book about life and how we choose to live it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Non | 12/14/2013

    " A bit manipulative at times. Heartfelt mostly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Rogers | 11/18/2013

    " An interesting morality story centered around a young man dealing with death in the past, present and future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 7/10/2013

    " I don't enjoy character driven books, especially slow ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devo Carpenter | 6/22/2013

    " Liked this book a lot. The character arcs were my favorite part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/8/2013

    " I am not one for poignant reading and would have abandoned this book early on but I became hooked on the story and had to finish. I liked the writing style and the story had engaging characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Gardow | 9/17/2012

    " An inspirational read about friendship, family, life and how to live it! This one was one of my favorites of 2010! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/11/2012

    " Loved this book. I hope it wins a Printz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/12/2011

    " Lead characters very interesting and likable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yasmin | 9/5/2011

    " I Loved Marcelo in the real world, but this book is not as special as I hoped it to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/25/2011

    " Sometimes a book is so good (and speaks to you at just the right time) that you just soak in every line...very nice, very touching, and a very lovely example of what books for boys can and should be!

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 4/14/2011

    " According to the back cover, I give this book 5 stars! I can't wait to start it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 4/3/2011

    " A lot to think about in this book. Life is precious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cass | 3/14/2011

    " I had to read this as I loved Marcelo and the Real World. I'd say the characters were almost as endearing as those in Marcelo, but the book didn't give me as much to think about as Marcelo did. Still an excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 3/2/2011

    " This book grabbed me from page one and never let go. There was no sag throughout. The characterizations were terrific! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 2/25/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/5/2011

    " Young adult book, no idea where I heard of it. Just OK.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 2/4/2011

    " I loved this touching story about two young men who become friends and help each other during some hard times. This is a quick read- which I've been in need of lately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aohara | 1/31/2011

    " Great story, wonderful and loveable characters who help each other grow and mature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/27/2011

    " I hate to say this, but I wasn’t nearly as charmed by this book as I was by Marcelo in the Real World. I did still enjoy it, however, so if you like Stork’s writing I’d recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Francisco X. Stork

Francisco X. Stork was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and moved to the United States when he was nine. He studied Latin American literature at Harvard before completing a law degree at Columbia University. His second young-adult novel, Marcelo in the Real World, received five starred reviews, and is also available on audio from Listening Library. His other books include The Way of the Jaguar and Behind the Eyes, which was commended for the Américas Award.

About the Narrator

Ryan Gesell is a film, television, and voice actor, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His film credits include Crossing Over and A Perfect Getaway, and his television appearances include The Shield, Prison Break, Seventh Heaven, Passions, Boy Meets World, and numerous others. He has also appeared in a number of commercials and public service announcements, as well as Internet shorts and webisodes.