Graffiti Knight

Coming in August 2013:

GraffitiKnight_xsAfter a childhood cut short by war and the harsh strictures of Nazi Germany, sixteen-year-old Wilm is finally tasting freedom. In spite of the scars World War Two has left on his hometown, Leipzig, and in spite of the oppressive new Soviet regime, Wilm is finding his own voice. It’s dangerous, of course, to be sneaking out at night to leave messages on police buildings. But it’s exciting, too, and Wilm feels justified, considering his family’s suffering. Until one mission goes too far, and Wilm finds he’s endangered the very people he most wants to protect.

Read Chapter One.

Awards & Honours:

2015 CBC Books’ 100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian
2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book
2015 Bank Street Best Book
2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
2014/2015 B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award nominee
2014 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People winner
2014 CLA Young Adult Book Award winner
2014 R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature winner
2014 CAA Exporting Alberta Award winner
2014 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
2013 OLA Best Bet
2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection


Rachel Seigel for Canadian Children’s Book News, calls Graffiti Knight “…a riveting page-turner.” Read article excerpt here.

Kirkus Reviews says of Graffiti Knight: ”… a gripping page-turner … Highly recommended.” Go here to read the full review.

*Highly Recommended* CM Magazine review for Graffiti Knight: “Karen Bass’ depiction of life in post-war Eastern Germany is incredibly gripping and informative. As young adult war-related historical fiction goes, this book is second to none.” -Amy Trepanier for CM. Full review here.

Quill & Quire review for Graffiti Knight: “…a character-rich story…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.” -John Wilson for Q&Q. Full review here.

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