Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REFORMA Review: Journey of Dreams

Journey of Dreams. 
By Marge Pellegrino. 
London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2009. 250 pp. $15.95 (Hardcover). ISBN 978-1-84780-061-9. 
Grades 6-9. 
English with Spanish and Quiché.

Tomasa watches in horror as her peaceful village in the Highlands of Guatemala is leveled by guerrilla soldiers who burn her home; massacre her Abuela, neighbors, and friends; and steal her hope for survival. Set in the mid 1980s, the gripping narrative follows the thirteen-year-old Tomasa and her family as they set out on an arduous journey through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually to the United States where they attempt to seek political refuge. Imbued with elements of magical realism and oral tradition, this thriller is sure to spark discussion and provide teens with a new perspective on the reasons families immigrate into the “land of the free.”


Naidoo, J. C. (2010). Journey of Dreams. Written by Marge Pellegrino. REFORMA Newsletter, 28(1/2), 22.

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