Graffiti Knight

Karen Bass tells the story of a boy fighting for self-expression after his childhood is cut short by war and life in Nazi Germany.

Karen Bass

After a childhood cut short by war and the harsh strictures of Nazi Germany, 16-year-old Wilm is finally tasting freedom. In spite of the scars the Second World War has left on his hometown, Leipzig, and in spite of the oppressive new Soviet regime, Wilm is finding his own voice. It's dangerous, of course, to be sneaking out at night to leave messages on police buildings. But it's exciting, too, and Wilm feels justified, considering his family's suffering. Until one mission goes too far, and Wilm finds he's endangered the very people he most wants to protect. (From Pajama Press)

Graffiti Knight is for readers ages 12 and up.

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From the book

The rage was savage. My thoughts splintered in a thousand directions. I wanted to hit back, like everyone around me. I pressed forward. One row of the seething crowd separated me from the cordon of Schupos. Several had wrestled down the big man who'd gotten out of the Bahnhof and were beating him. A pistol butt cut his forehead and blood gushed out.

I could almost hear Otto's voice. They don't consider it a game. I whispered. "It's not a game, Otto. Not anymore."

But I didn't want to end up like that man. I had to keep it game-like, not get caught by emotion. The rage cooled, replaced by the calm I'd felt in Markt. My eagle's eye soared about the crowd — I could do anything so long as the target wasn't looking.

From Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass ©2013. Published by Pajama Press.

Author interviews

Alberta author Karen Bass tells Daybreak Alberta host Chris dela Torre about her award-winning YA book, Graffiti Knight.