Alexandra Diaz - The Only Road (OBOB title)

Event date: 
01/24/2020 - 6:30pm

Author Presentation
Alexandra Diaz, author of
The Only Road 
(an Oregon Battle of the Books title)
Friday, Jan. 24th at 6:30pm
at The Ruins

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Alexandra Diaz for an author reading and presentation on Friday, January 24th at 6:30pm at The Ruins (13 Railroad St., Hood River). This event is free and open to the public.  Diaz will be discussing her book The Only Road, which is an Oregon Battle of the Books title.  The Only Road is about twelve-year-old Jaime, who makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this middle grade novel.

About the Book

PURA BELPRÉ HONOR BOOK
ALA NOTABLE BOOK
"An important, must-have addition to the growing body of literature with immigrant themes." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this "powerful and timely" ( Booklist, starred review) middle grade novel.
Jaime is sitting on his bed drawing when he hears a scream. Instantly, he knows: Miguel, his cousin and best friend, is dead.
Everyone in Jaime's small town in Guatemala knows someone who has been killed by the Alphas, a powerful gang that's known for violence and drug trafficking. Anyone who refuses to work for them is hurt or killed--like Miguel. With Miguel gone, Jaime fears that he is next. There's only one choice: accompanied by his cousin Ángela, Jaime must flee his home to live with his older brother in New Mexico.
Inspired by true events, The Only Road is an individual story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance for a better life. The story is "told with heartbreaking honesty," Booklist raved, and "will bring readers face to face with the harsh realities immigrants go through in the hope of finding a better, safer life, and it will likely cause them to reflect on what it means to be human."

About the Author 

Alexandra Diaz is the author of The Only Road, which was a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and the recipient of two starred reviews. She is also the author of Of All the Stupid Things, which was an ALA Rainbow List book and a New Mexico Book Award finalist, The Crossroads, and Santiago's Road Home. Alexandra is the daughter of Cuban refugees and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but got her MA in writing for young people at Bath Spa University in England. A native Spanish speaker, Alexandra now teaches creative writing to adults and teens. 

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Event address: 
The Ruins
13 Railroad St.
Hood River, OR 97031