BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE – Autumn Krause – “Redemption Through Poetry”

A deeply moving and highly creative experience.

By Autumn Krause ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 3, 2023

Folklore, fantasy, and horror come together in this captivating story of a 17-year-old’s quest to save her brother in 1836 Wisconsin. When Catalina’s father passes away and her brother, Jose Luis, is taken by the Man of Sap, a creature of bark and leaves, her world is thrown into disarray. With a bag of supplies, her mother’s treasured book of poetry by Sor Juana de la Cruz, and a knife that belonged to her father, Catalina embarks on a journey to find her brother and defeat the Man of Sap.

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Along the way, she discovers friendship, monsters, and hints of magic, as well as the power of love. Through the eyes of Catalina and the monster, readers are taken on a journey of grief and loneliness, and each character brings insight and bravery to the story. Poetry, both from de la Cruz and Catalina’s own writing, is a source of redemption. The book invites readers to explore the themes of greed, fear, and love, and to consider what makes a monster and if they can be saved.

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 2023
ISBN: 9781682636473

Page Count: 352
Publisher: Peachtree Teen

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023