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Patron Saints of Nothing

By: Randy Ribay
Narrated by: Ramón de Ocampo
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Publisher's summary


"Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heartbreaking and soul-healing." (Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Shout)

"A singular voice in the world of literature." (Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down)

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth - and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a pause-resisting portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

©2019 Randy Ribay (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic reviews

A National Book Award Finalist

An NPR Best Book of the Year

An NBC News Best Asian American Young Adult Book of the Year

A Paste Best Young Adult Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Top 10 Best Book of the Year

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

A USA Today Best Book of the Year So Far

A Raleigh News & Observer Best Book of the Year

An Amazon Best Book of the Year

A Junior Library Guild audio selection

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Freeman Book Award Winner

An L.A. Times Book Award Nominee

"Passionately and fearlessly, Ribay delves into matters of justice, grief, and identity." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A perfect convergence of authentic voice and an emphasis on inner dialogue." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"Powerful and courageous." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)