Kicking the Sky

Kicking the Sky

A Novel

Book - 2013
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It was 1977 when a shoeshine boy, Emanuel Jaques, was brutally murdered in Toronto. In the aftermath of the crime, twelve-year-old Antonio Rebelo explores his neighborhood's dark garages and labyrinthine back alleys along with his rapscallion friends.

As the media unravels the truth behind the Shoeshine Boy murder, Antonio sees his immigrant family--and his Portuguese neighborhood--with new eyes, becoming aware of the frightening reality that no one is really taking care of him. So intent are his parents and his neighbors on keeping the old traditions alive that they act as if they still live in a small village, not in a big city that puts their kids in the kind of danger they would not dare imagine.

Antonio learns about bravery and cowardice, life and death, and the heart's capacity for love--and for cruelty--in this stunning novel.

Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781565129276
9780385664387
Branch Call Number: DESA
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 22 cm

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smc01 Jul 08, 2014

I had mixed feelings about this book. While I admire De Sa's writing very much, I found the subject matter disturbing. I hope this is not the life that an average Portuguese boy experienced growing up in 1970s Toronto. De Sa expertly evokes that time period and details the difficulty of the immigrant experience. Toronto's close-knit Portuguese community is vivid and detailed. But in the end it's hard to believe that a family could go through as much as 12-year-old Antonio's did, and Antonio certainly grows up faster than he should. I didn't find it to be a page turner - in fact, I sort of dreaded what might happen next.

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adeecee
Feb 01, 2014

Excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed it to the last word. So good I slowed down my reading pace because I didn't want it to finish. One of my books to read again.

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Peter1
Oct 15, 2013

I loved this book--a real page-turner. Highly recommended.

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