I am a taxi
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.
Level 4.8, 5 Points
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|Grouping Title||i am a taxi|
|Grouping Author||ellis deborah|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-01-09 23:22:54PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-04-20 00:24:56AM|
|author||Ellis, Deborah, 1960-|
|available_at_school||IT Creswell Arts Middle, West End Middle|
|detailed_location_school||Creswell Arts Middle - Teen Fiction, West End Middle - Teen Fiction|
|display_description||Living with his family in a prison in Bolivia due to his parents' convictions for drug trafficking, twelve-year-old Diego does his best to live a normal life, but when his mother receives additional fines, Diego risks everything to earn quick money.|
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|owning_location_school||IT Creswell Arts Middle, West End Middle|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000302237|Book|Books||English|Groundwood Books,|2006.|205 p. ; 20 cm.|
|subject_facet||Bolivia -- Juvenile fiction, Coca industry -- Bolivia -- Juvenile fiction, Jungles -- Bolivia -- Juvenile fiction|
|title_display||I am a taxi|
|title_full||I am a taxi / Deborah Ellis|
|title_short||I am a taxi|
|topic_facet||Coca industry, Jungles|