Our Next Good Read. . .Gringolandia

We have got a great semester planned with lots of exciting events!! Our first event of our new school year is August’s book group meeting!  We’ve got a great selection of books for this year’s Vamos Gringolandiaa Leer book group! To see our list of books for the year click here.

Join us August 5th at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading Gringolandia   (Ages 14 and up) by Lyn Miller-Lachmann.

Here’s a sneak peek into the book: (from Goodreads)

Daniel’s papá, Marcelo, used to play soccer, dance the cueca, and drive his kids to school in a beat-up green taxi—all while publishing an underground newspaper that exposed Chile’s military regime.

 After papá’s arrest in 1980, Daniel’s family fled to the United States. Now Daniel has a new life, playing guitar in a rock band and dating Courtney, a minister’s daughter. He hopes to become a US citizen as soon as he turns eighteen.

 When Daniel’s father is released and rejoins his family, they see what five years of prison and torture have done to him. Marcelo is partially paralyzed, haunted by nightmares, and bitter about being exiled to “Gringolandia.” Daniel worries that Courtney’s scheme to start a bilingual human rights newspaper will rake up papá’s past and drive him further into alcohol abuse and self-destruction. Daniel dreams of a real father-son relationship, but he may have to give up everything simply to save his papá’s life.

 This powerful coming-of-age story portrays an immigrant teen’s struggle to reach his tortured father and find his place in the world.

Check out the video of the book trailer here!

Be sure to get entered in our drawing for a free copy of the book!! All you have to do is comment on any blog post by July 28th!

We’ll also be raffling off a copy of September’s featured book, Summer of the Mariposas (ages 10 and up)Join us that evening to be entered!

We hope to see you on August 5th!

3 thoughts on “Our Next Good Read. . .Gringolandia

    • Thanks so much for leaving a comment–and now we know about your wonderful blog! I really did enjoy Gringolandia, I’m looking forward to hearing what our teachers say about it at our book group on Monday. Your review was excellent!

      • Thanks very much for your kind words about my review of Gringolandia and my blog. And thanks for following my blog! I just added yours to my Feedly list. I feel so strongly about teaching through literature; I’m very excited to be connected with your blog!

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