ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Broyles is a writer and United Methodist minister who also contributes to both Pockets magazine and Merrimack Valley Magazine. Her picture books have won such awards as a Teachers' Choice Award and recognition on the McNaughton List. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in French and speech and a minor in drama, Broyles is also a member of the New England chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives in North Andover, Massachusetts.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
K. E. Lewis is the resident cartoonist for Cobblestone magazine and an animator for Dig It!, an education program out of Seattle, Washington. She has illustrated several books and is well regarded for her skills as an animation artist and graphic designer. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, she has previously served as an interpreter for Siberian shamans visiting Russia and written for children's radio. Lewis lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, son, two cats, four chickens, and forty thousand honeybees.
In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. And soon, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.
Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?
The Red Umbrella is a touching story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.
“Captures the fervor, uncertainty and fear of the times. . . . Compelling.” –The Washington Post
“Gonzalez deals effectively with separation, culture shock, homesickness, uncertainty and identity as she captures what is also a grand adventure.” –San Francisco Chronicle
When falling crop prices threaten his family with starvation, fifteen-year-old Victor Flores heads north in an attempt to "cross the wire" from Mexico into America so he can find work and help ease the finances at home.
But with no coyote money to pay the smugglers who sneak illegal workers across the border, Victor struggles to survive as he jumps trains, stows away on trucks, and hikes grueling miles through the Arizona desert.
Victor's passage is fraught with freezing cold, scorching heat, hunger, and dead ends. It's a gauntlet run by many attempting to cross the border, but few make it. Through Victor's desperate perseverance, Will Hobbs brings to life a story that is true for many, polarizing for some, but life-changing for all who read it.
Acclaim for Crossing the Wire includes the following: New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, Junior Library Guild Selection, Americas Awards Commended Title, Heartland Award, Southwest Book Award, and Notable Books for Global Society.