Victoria

After losing her parents, fourteen-year-old Victoria and her young twin brothers move in with their aunt. But shortly afterward, her aunt’s boyfriend attempts to assault her, and she runs away and learns to survive on the dangerous streets of Paraná, Argentina. Encountering a world of street kids, gangs and drug dealers, Victoria overcomes deprivation and great hardship. With the help of newly-found friends and her single-minded determination to survive, she carves out a new life for herself and her little brothers.

See the review at WOW Review, Volume 7, Issue 1

The Ugly One

Micay has a deep scar that runs like a river from her right eye to her lip. The boys in her Incan village bully her because of it, and most of the adults ignore her. So she keeps to herself and tries to hide the scar with her long hair, drawing comfort from her family and her faith in the Sun God, Inti. Then a stranger traveling from his jungle homeland to the Sacred Sun City at Machu Picchu gives her a baby macaw, and the path of her life changes

Grandmother’s Nursery Rhymes/Las nanas de abuelita: Lullabies, Tongue Twisters, and Riddles from South America/Canciones de cuna, trabalenguas y adivinanzas de Suramerica

“Always quiet,Always blinking,by day sleeping,at night winking.”What is it?Grandmothers and grandfathers, uncles and aunts, parents and friends–everyone can share these rhymes, riddles, and lullabies with little children.This bilingual collection introduces young children to the sounds of two languages. The verses work in both English and Spanish: read the poems in English to trip the tongue or tickle your fancy; read them in Spanish to practice rolling “r’s”–or just sound out the syllables for the fun of it.Nelly Jaramikllo’s spirited text is matched by Elivia’s warm, whimsical illustrations. Perfect for bedtime, learning time, or playtime, this collection will satisfy curious children every time.Answer: the stars

Exposure

Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet takes a searing look at the world of soccer and pop-celebrity culture — and the lives of three street kids caught in its glare.When a black South American soccer star signs on to a team in the country’s racist south, headlines blare. And when he falls for the sensual Desmerelda, a stunning white pop singer and daughter of a wealthy politician, their sudden and controversial marriage propels the pair to center stage, where they burn in the media spotlight. But celebrity attracts enemies; some very close to home. And its dazzle reaches into the city’s hidden corners, exposing a life of grit and desperation the glitterati could never imagine. When a girl is found murdered, reporter Paul Faustino is caught between worlds as he witnesses the power of the media in making — and breaking — lives. Inspired by Shakespeare’s OTHELLO, this modern tragedy of desire and betrayal, incisively and compassionately told, is a truly enthralling work of crossover fiction.