From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7–When Hayley Flynn's parents separate, the 12-year-old is sent to live with her grandmother in Mexico for six months. After she arrives, she becomes fast friends with a neighbor, Lili, and the two girls have a series of adventures, including solving a mystery about a ghost and being extras in a movie starring a local heartthrob. But all is not well in San Miguel. Some of the villagers who work in the States as migrant laborers are being cheated out of their salaries and cannot pay their way home. Hayley begins an e-mail campaign that helps to resolve the problem, and the men, including Lili's dad, are finally reunited with their loved ones. Hayley is a refreshing heroine, warm and realistic, who struggles with her sadness about her fractured family and expresses herself through painting. The writing is engaging, and Lowery has created a strong sense of place through vivid descriptions of local festivals, scenery, and day-to-day life in the town.–Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX
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"The writing is engaging, and Lowery has created a strong sense of place through vivid descriptions of local festivals, scenery, and day-to-day life in the town." --School Library Journal
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