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Groundwood Books

Sacred Leaf

Written by Deborah Ellis

For students in grades 5 - 9 | Published September 01, 2007 | ISBN 9781554980369
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

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208 pages
Digital Format

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Sacred Leaf

The Cocalero Novels

Deborah Ellis

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.

Awards and Praise
...Ellis brings the events themselves alive...[readers] will be sorry to say goodbye.
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2008
  • Commended Americas Award Commended List, 2008
  • Commended CCBC Choices 2008, 2008
  • Commended Horace mann Upstanders Book Award, 2008
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids &Teens 2008, 2008
  • Commended National Post's Top New Books, 2007
  • Long-listed CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007
  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007