About The Book
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of fifteen teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime, where they are feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, the villagers flee, blockading the boys inside the deserted town. Their brief attempt to build autonomous lives of self-respect, love, and tribal valor is doomed in the face of death and the adult nightmare of war.
“An amazing achievement . . . Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids has much in common with both The Lord of the Flies and The Plague.” –The New York Times
‘stark and beautiful allegory . . . Simple, elegant, harrowing.” –Chicago Tribune
“Literary gold . . . An unsparingly realistic chronicle of the cruelties visited on the deviant and the different.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Unflinching about every ugly fact of life . . . it presents a world powerfully remembered, powerfully imagined.” –Boston Globe
“Crisp and lovely and gruesomely perfect.” –Publishers Weekly