Delacorte, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ix-year-old Pablo, a Mexican emigrant, comes into Sophie's life and steals her heart. Pablo is the lone survivor of a group of seven Mexicans (including his parents), who crossed the border into Arizona and died in the desert. Border Patrol calls Sophie's stepfather Juan because Pablo is carrying his business card. Juan doesn't recognize Pablo, but takes the traumatized boy home to live while the authorities search for his family in Mexico.
ophie, her parents and her aunt Dika, a refugee from the war in Bosnia, find it easy to love this wounded child. When his extended family in Mexico is found, Sophie and Dika reluctantly travel to Pablo's home hoping that after his visit he will choose to return to Tucson with them. Since Sophie's parents can't go, Dika makes plans to drive to the small village in southern Mexico.
eventeen-year-old Sophie is shy and fearful. Afraid of germs, death and sure that danger is stalking her, Sophie is reluctant to travel to Mexico without Juan and her mother. Dika is hard to refuse when she has her mind made up, so Sophie helps her load up the van for the trip.
ophie's boyfriend and his son Angel travel with them as far as Pablo's town, and from there they go by bus to Guatemala on a quest of their own. When they don't return on time, Sophie finds the strength to face the danger of traveling in a war torn country to bring them home.
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