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The people of Bolivia have grown coca for legitimate purposes for hundreds of years, but the demands of America's War on Drugs now threaten this way of life. Deborah Ellis's searing follow-up to the highly praised I Am a Taxi deals with this frank reality.

After he manages to escape from virtual enslavement in an illegal cocaine operation, Diego is taken in by the Ricardo family. These poor coca farmers give Diego a safe haven where he recovers from his ordeal in the jungle. But the army soon moves in and destroys the family's coca crop — their livelihood. So Diego joins the cocaleros as they protest the destruction of their crops and confront the army head-on by barricading the roads. While tension between the cocaleros and the army builds to a dramatic climax, Diego wonders whether he will ever find a way to return to his family. This compelling novel defies conventional wisdom on an important issue, and shows how people in one part of the world unknowingly create hardship for people in another.

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ISBN:
9780888997517
Author:
Ellis, Deborah
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Subject:
People & Places - Central & South America
Subject:
Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Bolivia
Subject:
Farmers
Subject:
Coca industry -- Bolivia.
Subject:
People & Places - Caribbean & Latin America
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 10.5 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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