Beyond The Barricade
Written by Deborah Ellis
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Fact written as fiction this is a fast moving, gripping and thought-provoking story of the dilemmas faced by Diego, a young boy in Bolivia who having escaped the ruthless drug thugs in the jungle is taken in by a family, but a family who is completely reliant on the coca leaf for survival. Diego is swept along by the excitement of it all, and by the sense of belonging. He makes himself invaluable, running errands, helping out where he can, and making new friends. But the good humour soon sours. A powerful stand-alone novel yet also a sequel to the equally impressive, yet harrowing story in The Prison Runner, both books provide a frightening realisation of drugs and their effects.
Beyond The Barricade by Deborah Ellis
Diego has managed to get away from thugs who were forcing him to make cocaine paste in the jungle, but he doesn't know where he is or how he will find his parents. When he's taken in by the Ricardo family, he's eager to help them harvest their coca crop. Doing so reminds him of home because, like his family, the Ricardos need the harvest for survival.
At first the army merely threatens to break the blockade, but then its threats become a violent reality. When Diego is given the chance to escape, he is tempted. And when he discovers that the person offering rescue could take him to his family, it's almost impossible to resist.But should he stay and fight, or leave silently and perhaps, finally, find his family?
About the Author
More books by Deborah Ellis
Oxford University Press
2nd April 2009
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