Synopses & Reviews
This is the story of how one family survives the Guatemalan army's "scorched earth" campaign in the 1980s and how, in the midst of tragedy, suspicion and fear, their resilient love and loyalty and#8212; and Papa's storytellingand#160;and#8212; keeps them going. On their harrowing journey as refugees to the United States, the dramatic ebb and flow of events are mirrored in the tapestries of one daughter's dreams.
"A modern Underground Railroad story." and#8212; ABC Best Books for Children
"An involving read, strong in the celebration of Mayan-inflected folklore and culture." and#8212; Financial Times
About the Author
Marge Pellegrino jumped out of business and into the writing world in 1984. Passionate about sharing the power sheand#8217;s found in words,and#160;she leads writers of all ages in workshops that make them think in new ways and discover their own voices. As a teaching artist, Pellegrinoand#160;has been nominated for the Tucson Pima Arts Counciland#8217;s Lumie Award 2008, Governorand#8217;s Award 2009, and named Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly, December, 2006. Her Word Journeys program at the Pima County Public Library was a finalist for the Presidentand#8217;s Committee on the Arts and Humanitiesand#8217; Coming Up Taller Award for excellence in after school programming in 2007 and won that distinction in 2008. She lives in Tucson, AZ.