The Young Inferno - John Agard, Satoshi Kitamura

With Aesop instead of Virgil guiding their hero to Hell and back, John Agard and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura give the teenage reader a daring ride in The Young Inferno (Frances Lincoln, $19.99). Agard writes snappy verse with references to the Dante original, Aesop’s fables, modern politics and street slang, all of which Kitamura illustrates with heavy black-and-white drawings that match this mod retelling. At the end of his ordeals, the hero lifts the trap door in the library to see a beautiful vision at the nearest table. Ages 15 up.