I Am a Taxi

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I Am a Taxi

by Deborah Ellis

Groundwood Books Ltd | September 1, 2006 | Trade Paperback

5 out of 5 rating. 1 Reviews

Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children''s Book Award

For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government''s war on drugs and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession.

Diego''s parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother''s handknitted goods, and to work as a "taxi," running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister temporarily runs off while under his watch, earning his mother a heavy fine. The debt and dawning realization of his hopeless situation make him vulnerable to his friend Mando''s plan to make big money, fast.

Soon, Diego is deep in the jungle, working as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation. As his situation becomes more and more dangerous, he knows he must take a terrible risk if he ever wants to see his family again.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 4.72 × 7.09 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888997361

ISBN - 13: 9780888997364

Appropriate for ages: 10

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I Am a Taxi

I Am a Taxi

by Deborah Ellis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 4.72 × 7.09 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0888997361

ISBN - 13: 9780888997364

About the Book

For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is the San Sebastian Women's Prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government's war on drugs. Diego's adjusted to his new life. His parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother's hand-knitted goods, and to work as a "taxi," running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister runs away, earning his mother a heavy fine. The debt and dawning realization of his hopeless situation make him vulnerable to his friend Mando's plan to make big money, fast. Soon, Diego is deep in the jungle, working as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation. As his situation becomes more and more dangerous, he knows he must take a terrible risk if he ever wants to see his family again.

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Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children''s Book Award

For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government''s war on drugs and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession.

Diego''s parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother''s handknitted goods, and to work as a "taxi," running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister temporarily runs off while under his watch, earning his mother a heavy fine. The debt and dawning realization of his hopeless situation make him vulnerable to his friend Mando''s plan to make big money, fast.

Soon, Diego is deep in the jungle, working as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation. As his situation becomes more and more dangerous, he knows he must take a terrible risk if he ever wants to see his family again.

About the Author

Deborah Ellis is best known for her Breadwinner Trilogy set in Afghanistan and Pakistan - a series that has been published in twenty-five languages, with more than one million dollars in royalties donated to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Street Kids International. She has won the Governor General''s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California''s Middle East Book Award, Sweden''s Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children''s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She recently received the Ontario Library Association''s President''s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Ontario.

Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

Appropriate for ages: 10

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