Written by Steve Schafer
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them. Crack. Crack. Crack. Not fireworks gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them. Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families’ murders have put out a reward for the teens’ capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape…
Primary ISBN: 9781492646839
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Young Adult, Age 15 or older
Community Represented: Mexican/Mexican American
Themes: Refugee Journey, Refugee: Gang Violence, Refugee: Undocumented, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend, US/Mexican Border Crossing
Setting: Mexico, United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
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