'Greed, guilt, and redemption are layered in a sober yet tender narrative showing the lengths one will go to for loved ones.'
Let’s Go Swimming on DoomsdayNatalie C. Anderson
‘[A] potent, brutal read… You won’t be able to forget this story of a young boy robbed of his own childhood.’ Marie Claire, best YA 2019
I tell myself I’ve chosen to live, but the water knows the truth. Waves brush my arms, soft as shroud linen.
The water knows I have to die.
Three years after his older brother is recruited by the Somali militia group Al Shaabab, Abdi and his family are kidnapped by Americans. In exchange for their freedom, he reluctantly agrees to go undercover to rescue his brother and help foil deadly attacks.
After months in their ranks, Abdi finally escapes. Haunted and alone on the streets of Kenya, he steals what he can to get by. But an arrest for petty theft sets in motion a chain of events that force him to confront the past he’s been so desperately trying to forget.
'An intriguing examination of ways familial loyalty and guilt can lead anyone to make desperate choices. Anderson uses the exploration of manipulation and coercion to craft a thought-provoking narrative.'
'Anderson...breathe[s] ferocious life into a story that needs to be told. This is one of those tough but invaluable books with the power to increase a reader's awareness of and empathy for teens who have lost the right to be young.'
'[Anderson] makes it clear how difficult it is for even children to survive this faith-based and historically rooted conflict unscathed.'
'Narrator Kevin R. Free breathes dramatic urgency into Anderson's intense story…Listeners hear and feel Abdi's horror and numb, helpless despair at the atrocities he witnesses — and perpetrates — and we rejoice at his redemption.'
‘[A] potent, brutal read... You won't be able to forget this story of a young boy robbed of his own childhood.’
‘Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday is a gritty, challenging, but worthwhile read offering a message of redemption.’