Thirteen-year-old Lupita Torres and her older brother Salvador must enter the U.S. and find jobs to support their widowed mother. This engrossing novel looks at the problems of illegal immigration through the eyes of young teenagers.
Patricia Beatty was born in Portland, Oregon, and was a longtime resident of southern California. After graduating from college, she taught high school English and history, and later held various positions as a science and technical librarian and also as a children's librarian. She taught Writing Fiction for Children at several branches of the University of California. Patricia Beatty is the author of many popular and award-winning children's books, including such NCSS Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies as" Eight Mules from Monterey; Behave Yourself, Bethany Brant; Turn Homeward, Hannalee; Be Ever Hopeful, Hannalee; and Jayhawker." Her novel "Lupita MaNana" is a Jane Addams Children's Book Award honor book, and "Charley Skedaddle" won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.