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 has won the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California’s Middle East Book Award, Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has been named to the Order of Ontario.She is best known for her Breadwinner Trilogy, set in Afghanistan and Pakistan — a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with $2 million in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International.
Awards and Praise
- Commended Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award, 2008
- Commended Americas Award Commended List, 2008
- Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2008
- Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008 (Starred Selection), 2008
- Commended National Post's Top New Books, 2007
- Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007
- Long-listed CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007
- Commended CCBC Choices 2008, 2008