The Only Road

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By Alexandra Diaz
Publisher Simon & Schuster Paula Wiseman Books
The Only Road
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PURA BELPR HONOR BOOK ALA NOTABLE BOOK Powerful and timely. Booklist (starred review) An important, musthave addition to the growing body of literature with immigrant themes. School Library Journal (starred review) Twelveyearold Jaime makes the treacherous and lifechanging journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this gripping and realistic middle grade novel.Jaime is sitting on his bed drawing when he hears a scream. Instantly, he knows: Miguel, his cousin and best friend, is dead. Everyone in Jaimes small town in Guatemala knows someone who has been killed by the Alphas, a powerful gang thats known for violence and drug trafficking. Anyone who refuses to work for them is hurt or killedlike Miguel. With Miguel gone, Jaime fears that he is next. Theres only one choice: accompanied by his cousin ngela, Jaime must flee his home to live with his older brother in New Mexico. Inspired by true events, The Only Road is an individual story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance for a better life. It is a story of fear and bravery, love and loss, strangers becoming family, and one boys treacherous and lifechanging journey.

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60935 words60,935 words
320 pages320 pages
Lexile 830LLexile 830L
Grade 3 to 7Grade 3 to 7
Age 8-12Age 8-12
Published 2016Published 2016

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