The Only Road

The Only Road

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"Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481457507
Characteristics: 308, 3 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 31, 2020

This is a great book and by reading this I gained a broader perspective of many things happening all around us. Loved author Diaz’s ending to the story very heart warming. It’s hard and tuff knowing how many kids have to go through what Jaime had to go through. I read this the start of 2019 and really helped me understand how the news single storied when broadcasting about those crossing the boarder. That all as I say was “single storied” on the news not knowing the other side of issues in immigration and crossing the border. Like Jaime’s story we see his perspective and his story not normally told. Highly recommend this book it is so impactful.

Nov 14, 2020

I really liked this book and it was so exciting to read it. 😃

Feb 08, 2019

I really liked this book, and it has become one of my favorite books of all time! Along with Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper of course. At the ending, it really touched my heart, and I loved this story very much.

JCLChrisK Oct 14, 2017

Kill, be killed, or flee.

Those are the options for twelve-year-old Jaime and his older teen cousin, Angela. They can join the local gang and terrorize their beloved community. They can refuse and be beaten to death, like Jaime's best friend and Angela's brother, Miguel. Or they can leave everyone they love and everything they know to seek safety in a strange, far-off land.

They choose to leave Guatemala to illegally traverse the extent of Mexico in the hopes of joining Jaime's older brother, Tomas, who has established a life for himself in the United States. It's a harrowing journey filled with constant danger from myriad sources. Many of the traveling companions they meet along the way don't survive.

This is a vivid and moving story.

Oct 04, 2017

The Only Road by Alexander Diaz is the touching story of a boy who leaves his home in Guatemala to find a better life in the United States of America. This book highlights the gang induced terror that many people must live with in Central America and the danger of the difficult trip to freedom and safety. The Only Road will truly have you on the edge of your seat as you read the tale of Jaime and his cousin. The author has captured the characters' emotions perfectly so that you will feel their fear, love, loss and bravery. When you finish reading this book you will truly feel as though you have been along on their journey.
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

CRRLKids Aug 04, 2017

From the opening scene when Jamie learns of his cousin's death for refusing to join the Alpha gang, to the very last page, this action-packed, fast paced read will have you completely drawn into this timely saga of contemporary immigrant hardships and empathizing with the characters' struggles and victories as they attempt to navigate their way from Guatemala and back across the border. Though at times the book can be a bit intense, such as the rail car scenes that nearly parallel the hardships which Jewish Holocaust victims endured on treacherous train rides destined for concentration camps, the sincerity of the characters and how they cope (by drawing their troubles away, for example) will have you cheering them on to a happy ending.


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