Soul Enchilada  

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When, after a demon appears to repossess her car, she discovers that both the car and her soul were given as collateral in a deal made with the Devil by her irrascible grandfather, eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot, given two-days' grace, tries to find ways to outsmart the Devil and his minions. Gill scores big in this action-packed, power-punch of a debut. His dialogue slam-dunks with sass and clever wit that eases the reader into the strange, interlocking chain of events that befall BugKirkus Reviews (starred review) [Bug] is a tough, sassy heroine, and her first-person narrative, accented with Spanish and black vernacular, is one of the novels strongest points. [Gill] offers up a veritable menagerie of genre elements (comedy, romance, sports, and the supernatural), and his delightfully wacky debut novel should find a broad teen audience.Jonathan Hunt, Horn Book Soul [Enchilada] distinguishes itselfby giving voice to ethnic and economic minority characters. Indeed, Bugs first-person narration is feisty and knowing in the ways of class and prejudice. School Library Journal In this fun spin on the age-old danger of deals with the devil, readers will cheer and worry as sassy Eunice Bug Smoot fights both the literal and metaphorical demons that plague her. Wonderful and unexpectedly touching, this is a book meant for re-reading. Good stuff! Melissa Marr, author of Wickedly Lovely and Ink Exchange. Soul Enchilada is smart and funny and a bunch of fun... For years David Gill has been a powerful voice for young adult literature; now he is a powerful voice of young adult literature. Chris Crutcher

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