The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
Two unlikely heroes (DQ, a frail white boy dying of cancer, and Pancho, a Mexican kid with revenge issues) get stuck together by fate and somehow become friends. Together they’ll have to figure out what it means to be a Death Warrior.
Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.
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Pancho has always been a fighter, and his fists have gotten him in trouble on more than one occasion. After his father dies in an accident at work, and his mentally handicapped sister is found dead in a hotel room, Pancho is placed at St. Anthony’s to finish his senior year of high school. But Pancho has no intention of graduating. He is convinced that someone killed his sister, and he will discover the truth at all costs.
Everyone at St. Anthony’s has a job, and Pancho’s is assigned to take care of another resident of the orphanage, D.Q., a boy his age who is dying of cancer. D.Q. doesn’t waste any time, he doesn’t have much left, enlisting Pancho to become what he calls a Death Warrior. Before he dies D.Q. is trying to write the Death Warrior’s Manifesto, lessons about appreciating life and love, and fighting against hatred and self-pity. Pancho couldn’t care less about being a Death Warrior but he follows D.Q. to Albuquerque for his chemo treatments, following the trail of his sister’s killer.
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