I Am a Taxi

Kobo ebook | August 18, 2011

byDeborah Ellis

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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.

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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 p...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 18, 2011Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554980216

ISBN - 13:9781554980215

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every child should read this book. I first learned about this book because of a teacher that was using it in her grade 5 classroom. I am very glad that I bought it, and I have shared it with many people. No child should have to live under the circumstances that this boy did. We live in a very sheltered environment. and we need to know how children in other countries live, and we need to teach our children and grandchildren as well. It is a great discussion starter.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awakening! This book and its sequel "Sacred Leaf" again show Deborah Ellis's dedication to revealing the daily lives of children in countries other than North America. This book about Diego takes place in Bolivia. An awakening read for kids, teens and even adults!
Date published: 2008-01-09