Synopses & Reviews
Zitlally's family is undocumented, and her father has just been arrested for speeding and deported back to Mexico. As her family waits for him to return—theyve paid a coyote to guide him back across the border—they receive news that he and the coyotes other charges have been kidnapped and are being held for ransom. Meanwhile, Zitlally and a new friend find a dog in the forest near their trailer park. They name it Star for the star-shaped patch over its eye. As time goes on, Zitlally starts to realize that Star is her fathers “spirit animal,” and that as long as Star is safe, her father will be also. But what will happen to Zitlallys dad when Star disappears?
“A vibrant, large-hearted story.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred (on Red Glass)
In this enchanting story about immigration, Zitlally's father has been deported back to Mexico and is kidnapped while trying to get back to the U.S. Zitlally discover a dog, and she realizes that the dog is her father's spirit animal, and he will be safe as long as the dog is safe. Illustrations.
About the Author
Laura Resau lived in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico, for two years as an English teacher and anthropologist. She now lives with her husband, her dog, and her son, Bran, in Colorado, where she teaches cultural anthropology and English as a Second Language. She is also the author of What the Moon Saw and Red Glass.