Patron Saints of Nothing (Paperback)
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Published: 27/06/2019
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Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020

When Jay Reguero hears of his cousin Jun's death, everything changes. Although years have passed since they were last in contact, the stories about Jun just don't fit with the boy Jay knew. Hoping to uncover the truth, Jay travels to Jun's home in the Philippines - but the shocking realities of life there lead to even more questions. Can Jay find the answers he seeks?

Publisher: Little Tiger Press Group
ISBN: 9781788951548
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This powerful and courageous story offers readers a refreshingly emotional depiction of a young man of color with an earnest desire for the truth." - Kirkus starred review

"[A] much needed window [and a] deep, nuanced, painfully real family drama." - ALA Booklist starred review

“Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heartbreaking and soul-healing. I’ll give this astounding book to all the teens and adults in my life. I suspect you will, too. I’d give it 50 stars if I could.” - Laurie Halse Anderson, author of SHOUT

“Randy Ribay seamlessly takes the cultural texture of the Philippines, the complexities between ethnicity and nationality, political tension and the propaganda that buttresses it, and, most importantly, teenage life, and weaves them all into a thick braid that asks one question: What is the truth? And the necessity to know that truth – the fight it takes to find that truth – somehow gets right to the core of who young people are. This is nothing short of a tremendous feat and will certainly solidify Ribay as a singular voice in the world of literature for years to come.” - Jason Reynolds, author of LONG WAY DOWN

“I can’t stop thinking about this beautiful book that left me in tears. A searing, soul-searching novel about grief and identity. This book makes me proud to be Filipino American.” - Melissa de la Cruz, author of ALEX AND ELIZA

“Lyrical. Stunning. Searing. PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING is the real deal, a unique and intimate look into the extrajudicial murders in Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines. Ribay’s arresting narration and knack for characterization drive a story that is unlike anything else you’ll read this year.” - Mark Oshiro, author of ANGER IS A GIFT

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Laura at Sutton Coldfield

“A great story set against a dark background”

This is such an important book, I think everyone needs to read it. I’m disappointed that like Jay, I knew nothing about the drugs war & President Duterte in the Philippines. I didn’t really know much about the... More

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Lizzie | @littlehux

“An important, brilliant exploration of Philippines politics through a teen's eyes”

This was easily one of the best books I've read this year.⁠

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay follows a teenage American Filipino boy travelling to Manila after his cousin is killed by the police, and his... More

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