- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385734662
- ISBN-13: 978-0385734660
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Glass Hardcover – September 11, 2007
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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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Sophie's family takes in a Mexican boy whose family dies attempting to cross the border. After he recovers from his shock several months later, and after the family has developed a strong attachment to him, contact is made with his extended family in a remote mountain town in Mexico. Sophie and some unlikely accomplices take him back to his home town.
Lots of relationships develop and lots of interesting characters are introduced. Issues of illegal immigration and home country conflicts are part of the story.
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.