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The city beautiful / Aden Polydoros.

Polydoros, Aden, (author.).



"Death lurks around every corner in this unforgettable Jewish historical fantasy about a city, a boy, and the shadows of the past that bind them both together. Chicago, 1893. For Alter Rosen, this is the land of opportunity, and he dreams of the day he'll have enough money to bring his mother and sisters to America, freeing them from the oppression they face in his native Romania. But when Alter's best friend, Yakov, becomes the latest victim in a long line of murdered Jewish boys, his dream begins to slip away. While the rest of the city is busy celebrating the World's Fair, Alter is now living a nightmare: possessed by Yakov's dybbuk, he is plunged into a world of corruption and deceit, and thrown back into the arms of a dangerous boy from his past. A boy who means more to Alter than anyone knows. Now, with only days to spare until the dybbuk takes over Alter's body completely, the two boys must race to track down the killer--before the killer claims them next."--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781335402509
  • ISBN: 1335402500
  • Physical Description: 462 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Inkyard Press, 2021

Contents / Notes

Awards Note:
Sydney Taylor Book Award, Young Adult, 2022
Subject: Boys > Illinois > Chicago > Juvenile fiction.
Gay teenagers > Juvenile fiction.
Jews > Crimes against > Illinois > Chicago > Juvenile fiction.
Dybbuk > Juvenile fiction.
Spirit possession > Juvenile fiction.
Serial murderers > Illinois > Chicago > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Illinois > Chicago > Juvenile fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) > Social life and customs > 19th century > Juvenile fiction.
Jews > Fiction.
Immigrants > Fiction.
Gays > Fiction.
Dybbuk > Fiction.
Serial murders > Fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) > Social life and customs > 19th century > Fiction.
Garçons > Illinois > Chicago > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Adolescents homosexuels > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Juifs > Crimes contre > Illinois > Chicago > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Dibbouk > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Possession par les esprits > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Tueurs en série > Illinois > Chicago > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Amitié > Illinois > Chicago > Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse.
Roman pour jeunes adultes.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / Jewish.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy.
Young adult fiction.
Spirit possession.
Gay teenagers.
Jews > Crimes against.
Manners and customs.
Serial murderers.
Illinois > Chicago.
Boys > Juvenile fiction.
Jews > Juvenile fiction.
Mysticism > Judaism > Juvenile fiction.
Murderers > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Boys > Fiction.
Mysticism > Judaism > Fiction.
Murderers > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) > Fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Fictional Work
Young adult works.
Fantasy fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction.
LGBTQ+ fantasy fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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