I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis
(The Cocalero Novels)

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For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is the San Sebastian Women’s Prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government’s war on drugs. Diego’s adjusted to his new life. His parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother’s hand-knitted goods, and to work as a “taxi”, running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister runs away, earning his mother a heavy fine. The debt and dawning realization of his hopeless situation make him vulnerable to his friend Mando’s plan to make big money, fast. Soon, Diego is deep in the jungle, working as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation. As his situation becomes more and more dangerous, he knows he must take a terrible risk if he ever wants to see his family again.

About Deborah Ellis

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Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than twenty-five books for children, including the Breadwinner trilogy;
Published August 31, 2006 by Groundwood Books. 176 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Provo City Library's Children Book Review

... Diego is an intelligent 12-year-old boy living in San Sebastian's Women's Prison
in Cochabamba, Bolivia with his mother and young sister ...

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