THE BLACK TATTOO
New York : Razorbill, 2006
Jack is living a rather ordinary life as a London teen in the West End…but
his life as he understands it is about to change radically. He and his
best mate, Charlie, meet a mysterious stranger dressed completely in black,
and find themselves being recruited by some extremely powerful martial
arts disciples. It turns out that the mysterious stranger, Nick, a man
name Raymond, and Raymond’s daughter, Esme, are part of a mysterious society
training for the ultimate battle between the fate of our world and the
underworld. Esme, trained to be a warrior, is their last hope. Charlie
and Jack are being recruited, but while Charlie shows some promise as a
fighter, Jack, as usual, shows no unusual talent.
In the meantime, Charlie shows Jack a black, shadowlike marking that reminds him of a tattoo. But unlike ordinary tattoos, it seems to change positions and grow. Jack saw another tattoo like that, he thought, on Nick, but it seemed to pass and then disappear.
Jack, Charlie find themselves in the underworld when a fissure opens up between it and our world. Why is Charlie more and more helpless? Jack is determined to save him even though he feels ordinary and completely unprepared.
This novel will especially appeal for those readers who are fascinated by darker subjects. Warning: It is not for the faint of heart. (Melissa Bowman, Melissa.Bowman@pisd.edu, Armstrong Middle School, Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2007-2008)
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