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Red Midnight

by Ben Mikaelsen

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Why is there a white boy on the cover of this book? ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
Guerrilla soldiers destroy Santiago's Guatemalan village and murder most of his family. Santiago and his four-year-old sister Angelina escape, running for their lives. But the only way they can be truly safe is to leave Guatemala behind forever. Santiago and Angelina follow the directions of their dying uncle Ramos and make their way to Lake Izabal, where they find his sea kayak he built while planning his own escape . The two children sail north towards America, facing the shark-infested open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, lack of food and water, and days of blistering heat and raging storms. Santiago and Angelina battle the elements as well as their own fears and desperate grief in this amazing tale of survival and hope of a new life in the United States. 6th grade and up. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
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  BRCSBooks | Aug 26, 2011 |
this is a really good book. ( )
  josephanthonycook | Jan 8, 2010 |
I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspenseful survival stories. It makes you really want to keep reading the book. It is definetly one of my favorite books. :) ( )
  dreamerenglish2 | Sep 8, 2009 |
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This book is dedicated to all the children of the world who have seen a red sky at night.
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I try to forget the night they burned my village. Those memories are like clouds in my mind. But sometimes the clouds lift, and again I hear screams and soldiers shouting and guns exploding.
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"You will pay us back by sailing to the United States of America," Silvia says. "If you can make it, you will keep alive our dreams and the dreams of all indigenos." And so begins the adventure . . . to survive.
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When guerrilla soldiers strike Santiago's village, they destroy everything in their path -- including his home and family. Santiago and his four-year-old sister escape, running for their lives. But the only way they can be truly safe is to leave Guatemala behind forever. So Santiago and Angelina set sail in a sea kayak their Uncle Ramos built while dreaming of his own escape. Sailing through narrow channels guarded by soldiers, shark-infested waters, and days of painful heat and raging storms, Santiago and Angelina face an almost impossible voyage hundreds of miles across the open ocean, heading for the hope of a new life in the United States.

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After soldiers kill his family, twelve-year-old Santiago and his four-year-old sister flee Guatemala in a kayak and try to reach the United States.

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