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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (848 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Resau Narrator: Emma Bering Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780739379776
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With a dazzling and thoughtful voice, this critically acclaimed novel deals directly with the challenges and dangers of immigration, exploring the ties that bind us together in an age when issues threaten to divide us.

One night Sophie and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, a six-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.


An IRA Award Winner
An Américas Award Honor Book
An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A Colorado Book Award Winner
A Cybil Award Finalist
A School Library Journal Best Book

An Oprah’s Kids’ Reading List Selection
A CCBC Choice List Selection
A Richie’s Pick

 
★ “A captivating read.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

★ "The vivid characters, the fine imagery, and the satisfying story arc make this a rewarding novel." –Booklist, Starred Review

★ "The prose captivates from the first chapter ... a vibrant, large-hearted story." –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


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Quotes & Awards

  • Suffused with the region's vibrant colors, Resau's (What the Moon Saw) memorable novel deftly blends Latin America's richness and mystery with the brutal realities its emigrants carry away... The prose captivates from the first chapter... Central themes of fear and emotional survival permeate the multilayered plot... A mystical overlay from the practices of Pablo's Mixtec relatives adds even more luster to a vibrant, large-hearted story. Publishers Weekly, STARRED, Featured Book on PW's Children's Bookshelf
  • The author's love for the culture and physical setting of rural Oaxaca and northern Guatemala is shown in beautiful, descriptive detail. Rich, poetic language, elements of the hero quest story pattern, and quotations from St. Exupéry's The Little Prince are braided through this coming-of-age romance as Sophie grows from amorphous onlooker into a strong, risk-taking young woman. Secondary characters, especially the 60-year-old Dika and her "boyfriend," Mr. Lorenzo, are well developed. Readers will sympathize with Pablo and agonize as he chooses whether to stay in Mexico or return to Sophie's family in Arizona. The satisfying love stories and moving glimpse of the immigrant experience make this a captivating read. School Library Journal, STARRED
  • Resau works her magic again in this compelling first-person narrative. Full of longing and trepidation, Sophie is limited at the beginning of the story. But as she travels and comes to understand people better; life-altering perspectives awaken a newfound courage. Booklist, STARRED
  • The characters are so compelling and sympathetic that the reader really cares how they all fare. Emotionally charged and powerful. Kirkus Reviews
  • Resau, who capably treats the topic of self-discovery in her first novel, What The Moon Saw, continues along similar lines here, with poignant descriptions of illegal border crossings and guerilla warfare providing a substantive background for the foreground story of coming into one's own and joining the larger organism that is one's family. The book is strengthened by a core of storytelling and intertextuality (Angel tells personal narratives in the car, Sophie reads aloud from Pablo Neruda and e.e. cummings, and each of seven parts is prefaced by a passage from The Little Prince) and suspense (which family will Pablo choose? How will Sophie overcome her fears?). An unexpectedly empowering moment that has Sophie laughing in the face of a filthy washroom is truly liberating and uplifting, and her new fearlessness should prove bolstering for readers who are on their way to discovering their own inner chispa, or spark. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • The characters in this book are all delightful. They are warm and real, with varying degrees of unconventional... The are quite different from each other, but still they connect... The reader becomes very close to them... The themes of civil violence, a desire to better one's life, and the dilemma of how to do it-legally or illegally-make it a great book for class discussions on current events... The writing is so rich that it would also be a great read-aloud. VOYA 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 2/19/2014

    " This book is absolutely beautiful. Told from the point of view of a sixteen year old girl from Tucson who is afraid of everything. In the course of a couple months, she learns things that take some a whole lifetime to learn. Life and death, fear and confidence, anger and love, pain and joy, all come hand in hand in this amazing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 2/13/2014

    " Loved this book. The writing was beautiful, and so descriptive that it captured my attention completely and made me feel as if I was right there in the Mexican culture with all the characters, seeing, tasting, smelling and experiencing everything described. A very heartwarming story about finding your strength within, real love, family and forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Peavey | 2/12/2014

    " I'm reading this with my eleven year old daughter and we are both loving it! Its heart wrenching and heart warming. Very well written book. So glad my girlfriend gave it to me. I highly recommend this book to everyone so far. The characters are great. The main character Sophie has so many phobias it's hilarious how she describes them. And her courage in dealing with them is inspiring. The writing is so good and the characters so real I feel like I'm part of the story and I forget I'm actually reading a book! It's very hard to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryann Morran | 2/2/2014

    " Red Glass is a multi-cultural, coming of age, young adult story that manages to unite the Bosnian war, the Guatemalan rebellion, USA/Mexican border disputes, illegal immigration, and the importance of expressing one's true individuality into one 300 page, easy-read novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia Harris | 1/31/2014

    " The story in this book was really interesting and I liked the main character because she changes a lot throughout the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 1/23/2014

    " **4.5** Rating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joant | 1/14/2014

    " Cross-cultural coming of age roadtrip "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/6/2014

    " Just a very well-written, contemporary story characterized by multicultural & international connections in the human experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/1/2014

    " Wonderful book! I plan to read all her books now. Well-written plot and very real characters. War refuges, immigration issues make this a timely read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/29/2013

    " I am in the middle of this book for my school's battle of the books thing. It is currently the best book I have ever read. I reccomend it for sure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ⓛeah ✿εїз✾ | 12/14/2013

    " Tis is a good coming of age story and is about finding who you are "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/2/2013

    " this was a cool book that my aunt gave me and it was a lot better than it sounded. It was about this girl named Sophie and how she travels to Mexico to help some friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Tellez | 9/20/2013

    " One of my favorite new books! I learned how important the choices in your life can be every day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy anderson | 6/28/2013

    " great book, thoughtful and poignant "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie D | 4/4/2013

    " It was very realistic and captivating at the same time. It was a great coming of age novel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 9/3/2012

    " Tried to cram several books' worth of ideas into one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/26/2012

    " FANTASTIC!!!! I would totally read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 9/3/2011

    " Beautiful writing and a beautiful story. I wanted to start this again from the beginning the moment I finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 5/26/2011

    " This book was so amazing. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettina | 4/11/2011

    " This book is really magical and well done. I recently met the author when I spoke with her on a panel.... and she is amazingly smart and well spoken. I found it interesting how the spanish phrases stick with (primarily) with english speakers. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 2/23/2011

    " great book, thoughtful and poignant "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sayshisweetie | 2/11/2011

    " An Amazing romance/adventure book! The writing was excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne despises Twilight | 1/5/2011

    " Red Glass is an amazing book. Sophie, who is afraid of everything has to journey south into Mexico and Guatemala. Accompanied by her Great-Aunt, makeshift little brother, her boyfriend and his father, she has to overcome her fears and face a heart-wrenching decision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ?eah | 12/21/2010

    " Tis is a good coming of age story and is about finding who you are "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kwynn | 12/6/2010

    " This one had me flipping pages until the last heart-breaking page. Love to read it again and again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 11/20/2010

    " This is a Young Adult book. I chose to read it as it was about immigrants returning to Mexico and Guatemala and their hardships along the way. I would rate it higher if I was a teenager reading the book. Will pass along to my local library for their collection. Worthy of being on the shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akaria | 7/27/2010

    " It was very realistic and captivating at the same time. It was a great coming of age novel "

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About the Author
Author Laura Resau

Laura Resau lives with her husband, her dog, and her son in Colorado, where she teaches cultural anthropology and ESL (English as a Second Language). She is also the author of What the Moon Saw and Red Glass.

About the Narrator

Emma Bering is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator whose readings include The Second Empress by Michelle Moran, Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers, and A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper, among many others.