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Boy of the Border Hardcover – November 24, 2009

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Grade 4–7—Longing to be as brave as his older brother, 12-year-old Miguel gets his wish when he accompanies his uncle on a trip from his Mexican village to Los Angeles to sell a herd of unbroken horses. Bandits, a fight with a gypsy boy, an unexpected swim, the birth of a colt, and a trail-concealing sandstorm are all part of Miguel's trip. The actual border-crossing is barely noticed. This resurrected 1930s manuscript reflects the early 20th-century era—a world of prosperous Mexican haciendas, cowboys and wild horses, and a Los Angeles in which Watts is a dusty suburb and automobiles are rare. An afterword details the history of the authors' efforts to write a positive junior novel about Mexicans, their unsuccessful attempts at publication (except for a condensed version in Jack and Jill in 1956), and the current publisher's discovery of the manuscript. Readers who get beyond the somewhat awkward introductory chapter will find that Miguel's adventures move briskly in self-contained third-person episodes with just enough detail to make the setting clear. Each chapter includes a carefully researched illustration. A period piece of particular interest to those who want to know more about the time and place.—Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD END

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"Readers . . . .will find that Miguel's adventures move briskly . . . Each chapter includes a carefully research illustration. A period piece of particular interest to those who want to know more about the time and place."  —School Library Journal


“This first-ever publication uncovers a riveting adventure story that will engage children and adults alike.”  —Sonia Sanchez, author, Homegirls and Handgrenades



“[Hughes's] fiction . . . manifests his ‘wonder of the world.’ As these stories reveal, that wonder has lost little of its shine.”  —Cleveland Plain Dealer



“We are blessed to have this story as a testament to a time when the border between the United States and Mexico was kinder, less populated, and more open.”  —Ben Saenz, award-winning novelist



"This beautiful story will enchant and inform children even as it also gives a fresh appreciation of the literary magic of Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps."  —Dr. Arnold Rampersad, Langston Hughes biographer, Langston Hughes: Short Stories

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Earth Flying Press, LLC (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097909870X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979098703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,240,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book before giving it to my grandson because I thought he might find it scary. But I found it to be enchanting and a great description of life in the southwest and Mexico in 1915. It a coming of age tale for a 12 year old Mexican boy who goes on a horse drive from Mexico to Los Angeles with his Uncle, 3 horsemen, and 300 Bronco horses. Good fun and beautiful descriptions.
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My nine-year-old son loves this book. He also loves horses, literally. (He wants to marry one.) And this is a sure hit with boys who love horses!
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