Blood Brothers


A Winnipeg Free Press Bestseller! • In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten Selection • CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
Close as brothers, Jakub’s and Lincoln’s lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.

Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it’s his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

While Jakub’s future is looking bright, Lincoln’s gets shady as he is lured into his brother’s gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced — for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz.


CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017)
Dewey Divas and the Dudes Winter 2017
In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten List
High Plains Book Award, Young Adult Book
McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award


Readers ... will be rewarded with an aptly dark ending that gives the book extra emotional weight.

School Library Journal

Nelson crafts an engaging story about two boys struggling to survive … Readers looking for a gritty story about true friendship and the consequences of one’s actions will enjoy this offering.


A smartly plotted examination of the despair that keeps people in their places and the hope that pulls them out of it.

Kirkus Reviews

This is [Nelson’s] most serious novel so far and one that deserves acclaim.

Winnipeg Free Press

Blood Brothers will have huge appeal to both male and female young adult readers … Thought-provoking yet entertaining.

Canadian Materials

For Jakub and Lincoln, whose voices Colleen Nelson asserts both honestly and compassionately through those strides and missteps, it's their brotherhood that walks with them, leaving its own footprints.

Can Lit for Little Canadians

Nelson’s gritty new novel…skillfully explores moral dilemmas and difficult decisions.

Canadian Children’s Book News

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