- US Edition
Santiago’s Road Home
A young boy gets detained by ICE while crossing the border from Mexico to the United States in this timely and unflinching novel by this award-winning author.
The bed creaks under Santiago’s shivering body. They say a person’s life flashes by before dying. But it’s not his whole life. Just the events that led to this. The important ones, and the ones Santiago would rather forget.
The coins in Santiago’s hand are meant for the bus fare back to his abusive abuela’s house. Except he refuses to return; he won’t be missed. His future is uncertain until he meets the kind, maternal María Dolores and her young daughter, Alegría, who help Santiago decide what comes next: He will accompany them to el otro lado, the United States of America. They embark with little, just backpacks with water and a bit of food. To travel together will require trust from all parties, and Santiago is used to going it alone. None of the three travelers realizes that the journey through Mexico to the border is just the beginning of their story.
COMING SOON: A SPANISH-LANGUAGE EDITION UNDER THE TITLE LA TRAVESIA DE SANTIAGO.
World Rights: May 2020 (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster)
Starred Review Publishers Weekly
“Diaz’s crucial narrative shines a disconcerting light on the plight of children in US detention centers along the southern border.”
Kirkus Best Middle Grade Books of 2020
Starred Review from Publishers Weekly
“Diaz’s crucial narrative shines a disconcerting light on the plight of children in U.S. detention centers along the southern border.”
Starred review from Booklist
“A heart-rending tale of survival against the odds… a must have.”
Starred review from Kirkus
Alexandra Diaz is the award-winning children’s book author of THE ONLY ROAD, its sequel, THE CROSSROADS, and the companion novel, SANTIAGO’S ROAD HOME. THE ONLY ROAD is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Pura Belpré Honor and Américas Award, among others, as well as being on multiple state-wide reading lists. THE CROSSROADS received the Parents’ Choice Silver Award, 1st place in the International Latino Book Awards, and the Southwest Book Award. Her other books include OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS, (an ALA Rainbow List book and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award finalist), for young adults.
An overactive imagination had her making up stories at an early age and led to getting an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. The daughter of Cuban refugees, she is a native Spanish speaker and translates her books into Spanish. She currently lives in Santa Fe, NM.