When guerrilla soldiers strike Santiago's village, they destroy everything in their path-including his home and family. Santiago and his four-year-old sister escape, running for their lives. But the only way they can be truly safe is to leave Guatemala behind forever. So Santiago and Angelina set sail in a sea kayak their Uncle Ramos built while dreaming of his own escape. Sailing through narrow channels guarded by soldiers, shark-infested waters, and days of painful heat and raging storms, Santiago and Angelina face an almost impossible voyage hundreds of miles across the open ocean, heading for the hope of a new life in the United States.
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"Chris Nunez gives 12-year-old Santiago Cruz and his 4-year-old sister, Angelina, distinct yet easy-to-understand Hispanic accents in this story of desperate flight from a burning village in the mountains of Guatemala. The children's escape takes them to a cayuco (a cross between a canoe and a kayak) and a dangerous sail across hundreds of miles of open water to safety on a Florida beach. With luck, ingenuity, and courage, Santiago battles hunger, sleep-deprivation, the terrible sun, the unforgiving ocean, pirates, storms, and even "a river of garbage" as he flees guerilla soldiers who are intent on destroying the descendants of the Mayan people. Based on true stories from the height of the Guatemalan civil war in the 1980s, this is a rousing survival story. Nunez keeps listeners grounded in the face of the intense challenges these youngsters face. M.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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