The Only Road

The Only Road

Book - 2016
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"Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481457514
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 08, 2019

I really liked this book, and it has become one of my favorite books of all time! Along with Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper of course. At the ending, it really touched my heart, and I loved this story very much.

JCLChrisK Oct 14, 2017

Kill, be killed, or flee.

Those are the options for twelve-year-old Jaime and his older teen cousin, Angela. They can join the local gang and terrorize their beloved community. They can refuse and be beaten to death, like Jaime's best friend and Angela's brother, Miguel. Or they can leave everyone they love and everything they know to seek safety in a strange, far-off land.

They choose to leave Guatemala to illegally traverse the extent of Mexico in the hopes of joining Jaime's older brother, Tomas, who has established a life for himself in the United States. It's a harrowing journey filled with constant danger from myriad sources. Many of the traveling companions they meet along the way don't survive.

This is a vivid and moving story.

Oct 04, 2017

The Only Road by Alexander Diaz is the touching story of a boy who leaves his home in Guatemala to find a better life in the United States of America. This book highlights the gang induced terror that many people must live with in Central America and the danger of the difficult trip to freedom and safety. The Only Road will truly have you on the edge of your seat as you read the tale of Jaime and his cousin. The author has captured the characters' emotions perfectly so that you will feel their fear, love, loss and bravery. When you finish reading this book you will truly feel as though you have been along on their journey.
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

CRRLKids Aug 04, 2017

From the opening scene when Jamie learns of his cousin's death for refusing to join the Alpha gang, to the very last page, this action-packed, fast paced read will have you completely drawn into this timely saga of contemporary immigrant hardships and empathizing with the characters' struggles and victories as they attempt to navigate their way from Guatemala and back across the border. Though at times the book can be a bit intense, such as the rail car scenes that nearly parallel the hardships which Jewish Holocaust victims endured on treacherous train rides destined for concentration camps, the sincerity of the characters and how they cope (by drawing their troubles away, for example) will have you cheering them on to a happy ending.


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Jun 13, 2019

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The Only Road is a great literature expedition, and I highly recommend it for Sixth-Eighth Graders. If you are a Teacher/Parent/Guardian/Child/Etc, please know that this book contains things that may be inappropriate for You or Someone Else. The Main Character whose name is Jaime represents a tragic child who has suffered great losses such as his cousin Miguel who was killed by the Alphas, a gang. The Only Road, is a book that shows the life of people like Jaime when gangs controlled Central America. In all, this book shows a young boy and his cousin who both face death head on for Freedom. My Favorite Part of the Only Road is when Tomas picks Angela and Jaime up and drives them past a volcano and towards the ranch where he works at. My Least Favorite Part is when the La Migra/Immigrant Officer beats up an innocent women who was trying smuggle herself across the border because she was running away from her husband whom abused her. - Alan


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