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ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro 6 year old Mexican boy is recovering from dehydration Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote or guide Pedro an This is tricky The middle school librarian asked me to read this book and tell her what I think That conversation will happen in a few days I have no idea what she wants to know? I would give this book five stars if the author hadn't crossed a line than once into in my opinion too sensual of descriptions The book would be just the same if she would have left them out Sophie the 15 year old main character steps out of her box rather tremendously and drives for a week with other characters from her home in Tucson AZ to Southern Mexico and Guatemala The author captures the culture and characteristics of the people perfectly Even though I spent 15 months in Argentina not Central America the rural peoples are so similar Sophie's experiences on the bus at rest stops with boys with the women they all ring true I loved the peppering of Spanish because I could understand it Character development is fantastic So too bad for the author for crossing the line Could have been a distinct winner for me

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Red GlassD his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor Pedro comes to live with Sophie her parents and Sophie's Aunt Dika a refugee of the war in Bosnia Sophie loves Pedro her Principito or L I expected this to be one of those books that's trying too hard to be 'multicultural' where the experience of Mexican culture opens a character's eyes and she finds herself blah blah blah I was than pleasantly surprised when I found myself in a story where the 'multicultural' details felt natural and necessary where another culture is not seen as some perfect thing but as a flawed yet beautiful world The story fits the classic form of hero going on a voyage but in this case our hero Sophie starts out as a fearful and slightly fragile sixteen year old who undergoes a believable transformation into a capable and strong person as she's forced to actually encounter real threats rather than just worry about what might happen The supporting characters all live and breathe the great aunt Dika in particular is marvelous and even the characters who appear for only a few pages are fully formed Each setting is vivid the language is lovely and the ways in which the characters change felt true both to life and themselves Sophie never came out of her shell too uickly and the plot never felt like a formula Good for thoughtful middle schoolers and up

Laura Resau · Red Glass epub

read Red Glass kindle ¼ Hardcover Ó laura resau ã ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro 6 year old Mexican boy is recovering from dehydration Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote or guide Pedro and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is theIttle Prince But after a year Pedro's surviving family in Mexico makes contact and Sophie Dika Dika's new boyfriend and his son must travel with Pedro to his hometown so that he can make a heartwrenching decision If nothing this book is uniue Sophie is really afraid about losing someone germs murderers etc People are scared of these things to some degree but Sophie thinks about it all the time But Sophie is going to be tested she will need to go on a journey not a very safe journey either Sophie isn't like any heroine I've ever met while reading This is the first time I've heard a girl describe herself as an amoeba very strangeThis book kind of follows the whole girl finding herself in another culture However it was done so naturally that I can't say it is a stereotype It shows us what it looks like on the other side of the border; the good and the bad of it I could see it in my mind hear it I could even smell it Some of smells are not so nice I'm telling you But for Sophie everything is a novelty and slowly but surely its magic starts working its way into her Its danger draws out her strength and she finds that she can be Sophie la Fuerte Its beauty shows her beauty that you can't see on a magazine cover and she realizes her own beauty I might've given this book 5 stars if not for the ending It was fine it really was but for some reason I was sad I asked my sisters if they felt sad when they finished it and they said no It's not supposed to be sad at all but for some reason I was It's so frustrating that I can't place why