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Author: Wynne-Jones, Tim
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780763697457
Grades: Grades 9 to12

The Ruinous Sweep

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Twice-winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canadian author Tim Wynne-Jones returns with a thrilling mystery intermixed with a unique retelling of Dante’s Inferno. Set in Ontario, this complicated original story is dual narrated from the point of view of Donovan, a comatose seventeen-year-old, and from his supportive girlfriend Bee. Donovan is in hospital in critical condition after being struck by a car, and in a bizarre twist, is on a nightmare-like journey into Hell, symbolic of Dante’s Divine Comedy. The action becomes riveting as Bee seeks to discover the truth about his accident and quell the suspicions that he may have committed a murder prior to the tragic event. She cleverly shifts the puzzle pieces of Donovan’s childhood, his connection with his estranged father, and his attempts to communicate from his coma, leading to a satisfying yet bittersweet conclusion when the mysteries are solved. Mature young adult readers will find this challenging┬ápage-turner that holds its intensity throughout the book well worth the journey.

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