Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 192 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in
Published: June 22, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423133617
ISBN - 13: 9781423133612
About the Book
Originally published: New York: Hyperion Books for Children, c1993.
From the Publisher
When thirteen-year-old Ricky Diaz discovers that his mother was
actually murdered by drug dealers, he''s desperate for revenge. But
his father, a former drug enforcement agent, refuses the mission
the DEA now offers: to steal an airplane with an American-made
radar detector that the cartel uses to smuggle drugs from
Angry with his father for throwing away the chance to avenge his
mother, Ricky decides to take matters into his own hands he will steal the plane.
He runs away to Mexico, disguising himself as one of the many
rateros, or homeless children. Life on the streets proves
extremely hard and dangerous, and he''s barely surviving when he
meets Soledad, a crafty but kindhearted ratera. With her
help, he must find a way to get into the drug cartel''s compound
and take the plane - or end up as yet another casualty in the
raging drug war.
In this thrilling novel, author Ben Mikaelsen sheds light on
America''s war on drugs and the grittiness of street life while
exploring an unexpected friendship and the healing power of family.
About the Author
Ben Mikaelsen is the award-winning author of many books for
children, including Petey, Countdown, Rescue
Josh McGuire, Stranded, and Sparrow Hawk
Red. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.