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Red Glass by [Resau, Laura]
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Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2007:
"The vivid characters, the fine imagery, and the satisfying story arc make this a rewarding novel."
—Carolyn Phelan

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 1, 2007:
"The prose captivates from the first chapter ... a vibrant, large-hearted story."


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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 and her dog in Colorado.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385734662
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2007)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W966ZC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Laura Resau's RED GLASS was an amazing read. It's a wonderful mixture of excerpts from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, eccentric people, political unrest, and magical fortunes folded into a cross-continental summer road trip.

Sophie is an amoeba, a free-floating spirit who is not attached to anything besides her family and her books. Then one night she picks up a phone call from the hospital. Seven Mexican migrants and their guide have died crossing the Arizona border. The lone survivor is a six-year-old boy named Pablo who had Sophie's stepfather's business card in his pocket. Pablo comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's great aunt Dika, a Bosnian war refugee. Sophie grows to love her Principito, or Little Prince, but after a year her parents get in contact with Pablo's remaining family in Mexico.

Over the summer, Sophie, Dika, Dika's boyfriend, and his son must take Pablo back to his hometown so that he can choose between his new family and his birth family. The trip is hard at first, because Sophie is afraid that anything and everything will go wrong. But the stories and the struggles of her companions change her perception of danger and she grows attached to Ángel despite her fears that she will lose him. When a terrible accident occurs, Sophie is forced to make a dangerous trip by herself. On the way, she realizes that while life has its risks, it is still beautiful and even fun.

I loved this book. One of the things that was really well done was how it was multi-cultural without being culturally exclusive. Even though some of the dialogue was written in Spanish, it was still easy to read.
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Format: Hardcover
Like a Barbara Kingsolver for the slightly younger set, Laura Resau uses gorgeous, sensuous language to create a galloping good story with a timely social theme. Readers will never want this wonderful road trip with its cast of utterly convincing oddball characters to end. Red Glass is a book to fall in love with.
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Format: Hardcover
I love this book. Sophie is the kind of best friend every girl should have--she's generous, funny, artsy, more than a little neurotic, and really brave. She takes off with a crazy cast of characters on an adventure to die for, traveling from Arizona to Mexico and then into Guatemala to rescue her boyfriend-to-be. It made me want to learn 10 languages and travel around the world. I cried and laughed a lot, and had to look up places on Google Earth! Great read.
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Format: Hardcover
For any teenage girl who is too scared to be a hero and yet desperately wants to be one, Red Glass is for you. In many ways, Sophie's story is every girl's story - although the circumstances may be different - a story of beating her fear and finding out she is a person much stronger, wiser, and wilder than she ever imagined.
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Format: Hardcover
Contains all the ingredients for a good story: tragedy, comedy, love, and danger. I'm using it in my book club for adult ESL learners who are from various world cultures. They love it! It treats modern issues of immigration, alienation, and human rights with sensitivity. Hispanic culture is beautifully interwoven as are the lives of common people who come to know and respect each other accross vast landscapes and invisible borders.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Sophie floats as an observer, avoiding the interconnected organisms, protecting herself from loss and guarded by fear. Two survivors guide her on a journey of change. Resau weaves in parallels of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince with passages and plot. Red Glass emphasizes that what's most important is often unseen.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sophie has been afraid of just about everything: cancer, gems, car wrecks, and becoming an orphan. Then one day her stepfather Juan gets a phone call from the hospital. Pablo, a six-year-old Mexican boy is recovering from a trip across the Border. The same trip that killed both of his parents. Pablo comes to Sophie's home. She grows to love this little boy who she calls-her Principito, Little Prince. After a year Sophie's parents are able to contact Pablo's extended family in Mexico. Sophie, her Aunt Dika, and Dika's new boyfriend and son must travel with Pablo so he can make a heartwrenching decision.

On the way down Sophie feels a strong connection to Angel, her Aunt's boyfriend's son. But she fears she'll lose him. A tragic accident forces Sophie to make a dangerous journey where she must learn to face her fears. Will she always be delicate Sophie? Or will her difficult choice make her become fuerte--strong?

I enjoyed this story of a young girl who must face her fears in order to grow stronger. The road trip into Mexico was very vivid and I remembered similar things on my own trip many years ago. The contrast between Mexico and Guatemala are striking. I don't know if I'd be as strong as Sophie to travel down there alone. But what really stands out about this book is how Sophie learns to reach out to those around her. Dika, the eccentric aunt who survived the Bosnia war. Mr Lorenzo who survived beatings from the Guatemalan police. And little Paco, who watched his parents die while crossing the Border. They all learn from each other even when one of them makes a heartwrenching decision.
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