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The Only Road

Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this gripping and realistic middle-grade novel. 

Jaime is sitting on his bed drawing when he hears a scream. Instantly, he knows: Miguel, his cousin and best friend, is dead. 

Everyone in Jaime's small town in Guatemala knows someone who has been killed by the Alphas, a powerful gang that's known for violence and drug trafficking. Anyone who refuses to work for them is hurt or killed - like Miguel. With Miguel gone, Jaime fears that he is next. There's only one choice: accompanied by his cousin Ángela, Jaime must flee his home to live with his older brother in New Mexico. 

Inspired by true events, The Only Road is an individual story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance for a better life. It is a story of fear and bravery, love and loss, strangers becoming family, and one boy's treacherous and life-changing journey.

©2016 Alexandra Diaz (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Salem, OR, United States
  • 12-08-19

This is actually great

I just found it so stressful, as a public school teacher of a primarily immigrant population, to hear about how terrible life in other countries can be and the difficulties associated with getting to America. Two children - one 16 and one 12 - on their own for a thousands of miles long journey. Too well done! I have a student who says this is the best book she ever read and she reads a lot (and is white).