About this book
The Cocalero Novels
USBBY Oustanding International Books selection
After he finally manages to escape from being a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation, Diego is taken in by the Ricardo family -- poor coca farmers who provide a safe haven while he recovers from his ordeal in the jungle. But even that brief respite comes to an end when the army moves in and destroys the family's coca crop -- and their livelihood.
Diego eventually joins the cocaleros as they protest the destruction of their crops by barricading the roads, confronting the army head on. As tension between the cocaleros builds to a dramatic standoff, the wonders whether he will ever find a way to return to his family.
About the Author
DEBORAH ELLIS is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Breadwinner, which has been published in twenty-five languages and was recently adapted into a feature-length animated film and a graphic novel. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Middle East Book Award, the Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada. She has donated almost $2 million in royalties to organizations such as Women for Women in Afghanistan, UNICEF and Street Kids International.
Awards and Praise
- Long-listed CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007
- Commended Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award, 2008
- Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008 (Starred Selection), 2008
- Commended CCBC Choices 2008, 2008
- Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007
- Commended National Post's Top New Books, 2007
- Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2008
- Commended Americas Award Commended List, 2008