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Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2019.

Shortlisted for the Costa Award.

How does a boy become a man? Samkad lives in the Philippines a hundred years ago, and he can’t wait to answer that question. He’s dying to earn his own shield, spear and axe. But first he’ll need to prove himself. How does a girl become a warrior? Samkad’s best friend, Luki, also wants her own shield, sword and axe. But girls are forbidden all of that. Until a stranger arrives in the village, bringing frightening news: a people called ‘Americans’ are bringing war to Samkad’s home…

  • A thrilling historical novel of war, courage and colonialism
  • Explores the culture and story of the Filipino Bontoc people
  • Candy Gourlay is the acclaimed author of Shine and Tall Story
  • She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Prize

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Catalogue number

1023 in EU Teen November 2019 and 8290 in ISBC EU Sec Rewards 2019/20






David Fickling Books

Date published

December 6th, 2018

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  • 252 pages


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