ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, 6-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pedro and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pedro comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's Aunt Dika, a refugee of the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pedro - her Principito, or Little Prince. But after a year, Pedro's surviving family in Mexico makes contact, and Sophie, Dika, Dika's new boyfriend, and his son must travel with Pedro to his hometown so that he can make a heartwrenching decision.
Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2007:
"The vivid characters, the fine imagery, and the satisfying story arc make this a rewarding novel."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 1, 2007:
"The prose captivates from the first chapter ... a vibrant, large-hearted story."
WINNER 2008 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 2007 - School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER 2008 - Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
WINNER 2007 - YOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
WINNER 2008 - Colorado Book Award
WINNER 2008 - Américas Award for Childrens and Young Adult Literature
NOMINEE - Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
WINNER - IRA Young Adult Choices
NOMINEE - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
NOMINEE - Maine Student Book Award
NOMINEE - Nebraska Golden Sower Award
NOMINEE - Missouri Mark Twain Award
Laura Resau lived in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico, for two years as an English teacher and anthropologist. She now lives with her husband and her dog in Colorado.
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