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Red Glass by Laura Resau

Red Glass

by Laura Resau

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Red Glass by Laura Resau is a YA coming of age book that both enchants and enthralls. The story is about a journey of transformation that a small group of people make deep into Mexico and some even further into Guatemala. Sophie, the main character, is an American girl who is timid and weak, she is germ phobic and afraid of most everything. She is accompanied by her great-aunt, Dika. Dika is a survivor from Bosnia. Also along are Dika’s boyfriend Mr. Lorenzo and his son, Angel. The purpose of their trip is to take Pablo, a refugee that has been living with Sophie’s family back to his relatives in Mexico. Sophie is hoping that Pablo decides to return to the States with her as she considers him her little brother. Mr. Lorenzo and Angel intend to journey back into Guatemala in order to recover some jewels that Mrs. Lorenzo buried. Angel is also hoping to find out exactly what happened to his Mother.

The story is almost like a morality tale. Goodness and light seem to follow Sophie and her friends and although some horrific things do happen over the course of the book, in all cases, a life lesson is learned and someone is turned down the right path. The book is very informative about food, customs and the people of Mexico and if it seems as if we are looking through rose colored glasses it was nice to read good things about poor people in a developing country.

I found Red Glass to be a rich, poetic read and a wonderful way to widen a young reader’s worldview. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 21, 2016 |
Sixteen-year-old Sophie is afraid of almost everything. When her boyfriend was attacked and robbed in Guatemala she decided to travel there from Mexico to rescue him, proving that she can overcome her fears. With characters from multiple countries and lifestyles the author maintained an unprejudiced view, showing a remarkable understanding of the mix of cultures. This beautiful story will inspire and encourage young adults as well as informing them that underprivileged people, even those from dangerous war-torn countries, can be just as generous, hospitable and friendly as anyone else. ( )
  VivienneR | May 9, 2016 |
Simply beautiful novel about love, courage and discovering what one is capable of, plus a dash of magical realism. The Latin American setting is also as essential a character in this romance as the main players. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Sophie moves from fearful of everything in life to a person courageous and daring while Resau covers the plight of illegal immigrants, genocide in Guatemala and gems of philosophical insight throughout. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
This was an excellent book. The characters were varied and unlikely companions, the story deep and rich. It touches on many difficult subjects, loss, illegal immigration, war ravaged towns, and relationships. A well written novel.
  mcorbink | Dec 1, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385734662, Hardcover)

ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, 6-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pedro and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pedro comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's Aunt Dika, a refugee of the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pedro - her Principito, or Little Prince. But after a year, Pedro's surviving family in Mexico makes contact, and Sophie, Dika, Dika's new boyfriend, and his son must travel with Pedro to his hometown so that he can make a heartwrenching decision.

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Sixteen-year-old Sophie has been frail and delicate since her premature birth, but discovers her true strength during a journey through Mexico, where the six-year-old orphan her family hopes to adopt was born, and to Guatemala, where her would-be boyfriend hopes to find his mother and plans to remain.… (more)

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