Our Next Good Read. . .Caminar

Join us January 12th at CaminarBookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book.  We are reading Caminar (Ages 10 and up) by Skila Brown.

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

Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe. But Mama tells him not yet — he’s still her quiet moonfaced boy. The soldiers laugh at the villagers, and before they move on, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree, a sign on his neck: Communist. Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her. . . . Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’ abuela lives. Will he be in time, and brave enough, to warn them about the soldiers? What will he do then? A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.

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 January 2nd!

We’ll also be raffling off a copy off next month’s featured book, The Color of My Words (ages 8 and up)Join us that evening to be entered!

We hope to see you on January 12th!

4 thoughts on “Our Next Good Read. . .Caminar

  1. I’ve read the introduction and first pages of CAMINAR on Amazon Books and the structure of writing is interesting .. a combination of fiction and poetry and unusual format of writing the end of sentences. The introduction tells about 40 sad years in Guatemala under the control of the Army, the same time frame for this book. It seems like an interesting book and one topic for discussion at Bookworks is to what ages this book is suitable. While it is for ages 10 and up, the sad story of Carlos witnessing killing might be better for older ages. I don’t know the right answer, but in any case readers will learn about Guatemala via an interesting style of writing. I wonder if also kids attend your book events at Bookworks.
    I like that the book have a short dictionary at the end for all the Spanish words in the book.

  2. Pragmatic Mom, you are in the drawing!
    Giora, how great that you were able to read a few pages of Caminar online, it is a beautifully written book! In terms of age-appropriateness, I personally feel that it can be advantageous to expose students to sad stories at times, in order for them to gain an understanding of the conditions that children face in other countries, but this issue would certainly make for interesting discussion. When we meet at bookworks in January, we will keep it in mind. Thank you so much for your input!

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