In this moving coming-of-age novel set in rural New Mexico, the young protagonist, Flavio, is torn between the seductiveness of progress and new technology and his loyalty to village traditions so steadfastly preserved by his grandfather, El Grande.
Publication Date: June 30, 1997
Ages: 11 and up
Honor Book, 1998 Pura Belpré Award; Commended Title, 1997 Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature; Included in the 1999-2000 Houston Area Independent School Library Network Recommended Reading List
“Although the sense of place is vivid on every page, the story is one that could be told about almost any part of rural America—the blessing and the curse of being opened to the world with the coming of electrification, roads and industry.”
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 35010
ATOS English: 5.1
ATOS Interest Level: MG