The Maldonado Miracle by Theodore Taylor

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Twelve-year-old Jose Maldonado used to dream of becoming a fine artist. But this son of a poor Mexican farmer now focuses on survival, not art. After Jose's mother died, his father left to work in the United States, leaving Jose on his own in Mexico. When it's time for father and son to reunite, things go terribly wrong. Jose's attempt to cross the border is harrowing, and his stay at a migrant worker camp turns into a nightmare, forcing him to flee for his life. Hiding out in a church seems a wise thing to do--until the blood dripping from his wounded shoulder lands on a statue of Christ. Now everyone thinks the statue itself is bleeding. Jose's accidental "miracle" kick-starts a media frenzy--and threatens the future of an entire town.

Theodore Taylor's riveting story of faith and desperation inspired the September 2003 Showtime movie The Maldonado Miracle, directed by Acadamy Award nominee Salma Hayek.


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\Theodore Taylor has written several award-winning books. The Cay won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award and was also made into a movie.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published August 1, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 174 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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So much is formula, but Jose, a twelve year-old fugitive who unwittingly sets off the commotion in a California mission town, is very much his own likable sell And though the pious self-importance of the old woman who discovers the presumably bleeding statue of Christ, as well as the economically...

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In The Maldonado Miracle by Theodore Taylor, author of The Cay, 12-year-old Jose Maldonado travels alone across the border from Mexico to the United States to reach his father.

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"The Maldonado Miracle" gives insights into the various ways that different people respond to apparent miracles and also depicts the many problems and heartaches the townspeople of San Ramos were experiencing as well as why they were desperate for a miracle.

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Finally summoned to join his father, José enters the country illegally, only to find that his father is not where they were supposed to meet.

Aug 27 2003 | Read Full Review of The Maldonado Miracle


production designer, Gary Constable;

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