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A Graphic Novel


by Elisa Amado
illustrated by Abraham Urias

AVAILABLE APRIL 2019

The powerful story of a child refugee seeking asylum in America

Thirteen-year-old Manuelito is a gentle boy who lives with his family in a tiny village in the Guatemalan countryside. But life is far from idyllic: PACs—armed civil patrol—are a constant presence in the streets, and terrifying memories of the country’s war linger in the villagers’ collective conscience. When cartel backed gangs arrive and take control of the village, Manuelito’s parents make the desperate decision to send him to live with his aunt in the United States.

With just a bus ticket and a small amount of cash, Manuelito begins his hazardous journey to Mexico, then the U.S., in search of asylum. Dangers lurk everywhere, even once he finally reaches the United States.

Drawing on years of experience working with child refugees like Manuelito, Elisa Amado’s powerful and timely story, illustrated with striking poignancy by Abraham Urias, brings to light the dire circumstances of so many children, so close to home.

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“Paints a searing picture.”
—Youth Services Book Review, 12/13/18


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