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Jan 31, 2021
This is a well written and evenly paced adventure story tracing the escape by a mother and her 8 year old boy from a murderous cartel in Acapulco Mexico and their trek to the illegal entry into the United States. The author is clearly conveying several messages that she never misses to press home: first is the plight of the Latino migrants that is driving them to cross over into the United States, second the variation of characters that defy stereotyping of the migrants, and third that women can be resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity. The author, however, works too hard to drive home the messages and in places forces dialogue that simply is not very credible and results in the overall narrative suffering.