Age Group: 12-14
Fifteen-year-old Beppo, an indentured servant in Rome, is accused of murder. The only person who can help him is one of the most celebrated artists of his day—Caravaggio.
“This is the kind of story I would have devoured as a teen. Rich in historical detail, it has everything—adventure on the high seas, romance, and vivid descriptions of the teeming streets and luxurious palaces of seventeenth-century Italy.”
—GLEN HUSER, winner of the Governor General’s Award and author of The Runaway and The Elevator Ghost.
“The worlds of Renaissance Italy, fortress Malta and piracy in the Mediterranean are brought tolife in this page-turner. My favourite historical read of the year, so far.”
—SAVIOUR PIROTTA, winner of an Aesop Accolade for Firebird and author of Around the World in 80 Tales.
“Mark David Smith displays considerable artistry in his smooth blending of the politics, technology and customs of 17th century Italia to make a compelling tale…Caravaggio: Signed in Blood quietly educates while keeping readers on the edges of their chairs. Highly Recommended.”
–****/4, CM Magazine, Jan 2015
“Set in Italy at the beginning of the 17th century, this first novel by Port Coquitlam, B.C. author Smith has plenty of information about the famous artist Caravaggio — both about his important commissions and his mercurial temperament…juvenile readers, especially those who enjoy hearing of sword fights and pirates, will appreciate this book.”
—Winnepeg Free Press, Dec 2014
“Once I started reading, I had great difficulty setting it aside….a fast-paced, dangerous, and ever-changing adventure.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, Mar 2015
“In his fast-paced debut teen adventure novel Caravaggio: Signed in Blood, Burnaby English teacher Mark Smith picks up the story of Caravaggio’s tempestuous life just before Caravaggio kills a man in a street fight.”
–BC Bookworld, Spring 2015