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Thirteen-year-old Manuelito is a gentle boy who lives with his family in a tiny village in the Guatemalan countryside. But life is far from idyllic: PACs―armed civil patrol―are a constant presence in the streets, and terrifying memories of the country’s war linger in the villagers’ collective conscience. Things deteriorate further when government-backed drug gangs arrive and take control of the village. Fearing their son will be forced to join a gang, Manuelito’s parents make the desperate decision to send him to live with his aunt in America.---from the publisher

104 pages                            978-1773212661                             Ages 12 - 17  (violence)

Keywords:  immigration, Latinx, Latino, Latina, Latina Author, diversity, diverse books, courage, risk, grit, family, choices, betrayal, politics, government, graphic novel, Social Studies Curriculum, gangs, war, Guatemala, refugee

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