Congrats to my UnCommonYA sister on the release of GRAFFITI KNIGHT in Canada! Get the scoop on this realistic struggle and fight for freedom.
In a market flooded with dystopian novels, award-winning author Karen Bass brings readers a fast-paced story about a real-world era of censorship and struggle too often forgotten by history: Soviet-controlled post-World War II East Germany, where one boy fights for self-expression and the freedom to build his own future.
Speaking out in East Germany is forbidden, but sixteen-year-old Wilm has found his voice. At night he wages a graffiti campaign against the police, who answer to the Soviet Army that controls the country. "Marionetten," he writes—puppets. And Wilm's war of embarrassment feels good. It feels powerful. If only Wilm can keep that power he won't ever end up weak like his father. And he won't ever stand by and let Soviets—or anyone—hurt his sister again.
But to keep his newfound power Wilm has to become more and more like his adversaries. And when he crosses one line too many, the victims may be the very people Wilm wants most to protect.
Read the first chapter here: First chapter
Reviews of GRAFITTI KNIGHT
Helen Kubiw of “CanLit for Little Canadians” gave Graffiti Knight a 5-star rating and said, “Bass provides enlightenment via a new perspective.” Read full review
John Wilson, YA Canadian author, reviewed Graffiti Knight for Canada’s book and publishing news magazine, Quill & Quire: “Bass has artfully recreated an historical time and place peopled by realistic, three-dimensional characters grappling with their own emotions and global forces they can only barely understand.” Read full review