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The Head of the Saint

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
A 2017 LA Times Book Prize Finalist

A quirky story of love, mischief, and forgiveness from Brazil's foremost award-winning author for young readers, in her U.S. debut.


Fourteen-year-old Samuel is newly orphaned and homeless in a small town in Brazil. He lives in a giant, hollow, concrete head of St. Anthony, the lingering evidence of the village's inept and failed attempt to build a monolith over a decade ago. He didn't know what it was when he crawled into it, seeking shelter during a storm, but since coming there, he hears beautiful singing, echoing like magic in the head twice a day. So he stays.

Miraculously, he can also hear the private prayers and longings of the villagers. Feeling mischievous, Samuel begins to help answer these prayers, hoping that if he does, their noise will quiet down and he can listen to the beautiful singing in peace. Ironically, his miracles gain him so many fans that he starts to worry he will never fulfill his own true longing and find the source of the singing.

Filled with beautiful turns of phrase and wonderfully quirky characters, The Head of the Saint is a riotous story of faith and magic that won't soon leave your thoughts.

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March 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Head of the Saint
Author(s): Socorro Acioli
ISBN: 0-553-53792-X / 978-0-553-53792-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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March 2016 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Head of the Saint
Author(s): Socorro Acioli
ISBN: 0-553-53794-6 / 978-0-553-53794-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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October 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Head of the Saint
Author(s): Socorro Acioli
ISBN: 1-4714-0383-1 / 978-1-4714-0383-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Head of the Saint
Author(s): Socorro Acioli
ISBN: 1-4714-0290-8 / 978-1-4714-0290-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Head of the Saint
Author(s): Socorro Acioli
ISBN: 1-4714-0460-9 / 978-1-4714-0460-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Head of the Saint
Author(s): Socorro Acioli
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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October 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Head of the Saint
Author(s): Socorro Acioli
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Availability: Amazon UK