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Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

9781728251660

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Available: 08/02/22
5.5 x 8.25 · 288 pages
Ages 8-12 years
9781728251660
CDN $11.99 · pb

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Alda P. Dobbs

"Wrenching debut about family, loss, and finding the strength to carry on"- Booklist, starred review

"Vital and perilous and hopeful"- Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee

Based on a true story, the tale of one girl's perilous journey to cross the U.S. border and lead her family to safety during the Mexican Revolution

It is 1913, and twelve-year-old Petra Luna's mama has died while the Revolution rages in Mexico. Beforeher papa is dragged away by soldiers, Petra vows to him that she will care for the family she has left-her abuelita, little sister Amelia, and baby brother Luisito-until they can be reunited. They flee north through the unforgiving desert as their town burns, searching for safe harbor in a world that offers none.

Each night when Petra closes her eyes, she holds her dreams close, especially her long-held desire to learn to read. Abuelita calls these barefoot dreams: "They're like us barefoot peasants and indios-they're not meant to go far." But Petra refuses to listen. Through battlefields and deserts, hunger and fear, Petra will stop at nothing to keep her family safe and lead them to a better life across the U.S. border-a life where her barefoot dreams could finally become reality.

"Dobbs' wrenching debut, about family, loss, and finding the strength to carry on, illuminates the harsh realities of war, the heartbreaking disparities between the poor and the rich, and the racism faced by Petra and her family. Readers will love Petra, who is as strong as the black-coal rock she carries with her and as beautiful as the diamond hidden within it."-Booklist, starred review

"[She] was able to explain the basics of the conflict through the characters' conversations, and. . . it's an historic event that many students will be unfamiliar with and find interesting." - Youth Services Book Review

"Dobbs' wrenching debut, about family, loss, and finding the strength to carry on, illuminates the harsh realities of war, the heartbreaking disparities between the poor and the rich, and the racism faced by Petra and her family. Readers will love Petra, who is as strong as the black-coal rock she carries with her and as beautiful as the diamond hidden within it." - Booklist

"Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna will draw you in with its raw, evocative setting, and Petra herself will win your heart with her courage, resourcefulness, and unwavering love for her family. Lyrical, heartfelt, and deeply authentic, this book will stay on your mind long after you've read the last page." - J. Anderson Coats, award-winning author of The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming

"This beautifully written and exciting story of a family fleeing during the Mexican revolution offers a new perspective in historical fiction. An excellent addition to all collections." - School Library Journal

"Historical fiction that is as relevant as ever. . . A timeless and timely tale of one girl's journey to save her family and discover herself." - Kirkus Reviews

Alda P. Dobbs is as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, and nature as she is about writing. Alda lives with her husband and two children outside Houston, Texas.