Based on the chilling true story of a young family caught in the middle of political corruption and unspeakable violence during Guatemala's 36-year civil war. Tired of watching city workers endure countless human and civil rights violations, Alberto organizes a union. When he and his co-workers organize a strike, Alberto and his family find themselves on the government's "extermination" list. The violent situation leaves Alberto separated from his family and forces them all to flee for their lives. Will their will to survive be enough to help them escape and reunite? And if so, will they ever find another place they can call home?

A novice-low reader based on fewer than 200 words and written in first person. Perfect for level 1 students!

Total word count: 7000
Unique word count: 200

Author: Carol Gaab
Year of publication: 2011
Number of pages: 83 (including word list)
ISBN: 987-1-935575-29-0
Illustrated: Yes
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