Blood and Ink
By: Stephen Davies
“My mission is simple.
Descend the dune. Cross the wadi. Scale the wall. Smite the enemy." -Ali
“They stand and bow and kneel down, just like we do. They touch their foreheads on the sand, just like we do. Do they ever doubt themselves, these boys?” –Kadi
When Ali and Kadi meet, it's hate at first sight.
Kadi is the daughter of a librarian in modern-day Timbuktu. A lover of music and literature, she will one day become a guardian of an ancient manuscript collection.
Ali is the son of shepherds and has been conscripted by the Defenders of Faith, an arm of Al Qaeda. He helps to overthrow Timbuktu and impose a strict Islamic state. The town’s citizens face many abuses as their way of life changes overnight.
By circumstance, the two teenagers are thrown together. As they get to know more about each other, both let their guards down. But when Ali discovers the secret vault where Kadi’s family keeps their sacred manuscripts, he reports the discovery to his commander. Kadi is forced to risk a smuggling operation to save the manuscripts from destruction. Once her life is in danger, finally Ali must decide where his loyalties lie.
Part thriller, part love story, this exciting drama takes place in the midst of true-to-life events in Mali in 2012.
Author & Illustrator Bios:Stephen Davies, author
Stephen Davies lived among the Fulani herders in West Africa as a missionary for thirteen years, one of the poorest regions of the world. He was written picture books, middle grade and YA, all of which have been set in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.
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ISBN: 978-1-63289-642-1 EPUB
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Ages: 14 and up
Page count: 352
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 8. Standards 0-0, 0, 0, 00
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 9. Standards 0, 0, 0, 0, 00
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