Join us April 1st at Bookworks from 5:00-7:00 pm to discuss our next book. We are reading Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino.
Here’s a sneak peek into the book:
For the peaceful highlanders of Guatemala, life has become a nightmare. Helicopters slash like machetes through the once-quiet air. Soldiers patrol the streets, hunting down suspected guerillas. Villagers mysteriously disappear and children are recruited as soldiers. Continue reading
As we think about using literature to teach about the culture of the Américas, one of the first bridges we must cross is actually finding the authors and novels that address it. The Américas Award, Pura Belpré Award, and Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award provide some suggestions in this regard, but we want to go further. Every week I’ll be searching out new ideas for authors and books, and sharing them here as a “¡Mira, Look!” announcement.
This week I’ll get us started by suggesting Marge Pellegrino’s Journey of Dreams, a young adult novel (ages 11 and up) that tells “the story of how one family survives the Guatemalan army’s ’scorched earth’ campaign in the 1980s and how, in the midst of tragedy, suspicion and fear, their resilient love and loyalty – and Papa’s storytelling – keeps them going. On their harrowing journey as refugees to the United States, the dramatic ebb and flow of events are mirrored in the tapestries of one daughter’s dreams” (Pellegrino).