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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Mikaelsen Narrator: Chris Nunez Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When guerrilla soldiers strike Santiago’s village, they destroy everything in their path—including his home and family. Santiago and his four-year-old sister escape, running for their lives. But the only way they can be truly safe is to leave Guatemala behind forever. So Santiago and Angelina set sail in a sea kayak their Uncle Ramos built while dreaming of his own escape. Sailing through narrow channels guarded by soldiers, shark-infested waters, and days of painful heat and raging storms, Santiago and Angelina face an almost impossible voyage hundreds of miles across the open ocean, heading for the hope of a new life in the United States.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chad Poker | 2/20/2014

    " The book that I read this quarter was "Red Midnight" by Ben Mikaelsen and it was an extremely good book. This book was about a boy named Santiago and how his village in Guatemala was swept through by the guerillas soldiers who killed everyone and burned the whole village. Santiago and his younger sister made it out alive but before they escaped the village they came across their Uncle Ramos who says "Take the cayuco (kayak) and sail to the United States of America." Santiago and Angelina his sister who is very young must go all the way to Lake Izabal to get the cayuco and then from there make the extremely long journey to the United States. Santiago and his sister make it to Lake Izabal where they are met and helped get prepared for the long trip. Once they are helped out into the ocean by a friend of Uncle Ramos it is all up Santiago to take his sister all the way to America. During the trip they are met by many obstacles such as massive storms, pirates and many other things. This book is very good and i enjoyed it a lot, I encourage you to read this book because it is very intense and easy to get attached to the characters. Overall this was a great book and I might even read it again later down the road. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/20/2014

    " Finally finished my overdue library book last night! I must admit that I skipped over a good deal of the boy-versus-sea sections toward the end, but this book nicely illustrates the outstanding courage of a young boy who has escaped, by sea in a canoe, guerilla-torn Guatemala. The story features his innate survival skills and his unaltering dedication to his younger sister. Because the book is written through the perspective of our young hero, information about the guerilla movement is limited. However, the epilogue does addresses the Guatemalan movement and the US involvement under the auspices of anti-communist support. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 2/19/2014

    " it was good it was a scary yet sad story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 2/16/2014

    " Amazing read aloud that I did with 7th grade. Powerful story of a boy and his younger sister escaping from Guatemala after the military destroys villages. These children have a 24 day journey to try to reach freedom in the U.S. "

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