I Am a Taxi

ISBN-10: 0888997361
ISBN-13: 9780888997364
Edition: 2006
Authors: Deborah Ellis
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $8.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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.

Deborah Elliswon Canada’s Governor General’s Award in 2000 for her first book,Searching for X. She is also the author of several other books, includingParvana’s Journey, winner of the Jane Addams Award and the Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award, given annually by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Booksellers Association. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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