This compelling drama recounts life (and death) in one of the most violent and well-known gangs in Los Angeles, La Mara Salvatrucha. Joining MS-13 brings certain gang-related responsibilities, but being born into La Salvatrucha requires much more. Sometimes it even requires your life! This is a gripping story of one gang member’s struggle to find freedom.
Note: Although this is not a true story, it is inspired by true events. It neither glorifies gang life nor promotes it. On the contrary, it paints a realistic picture of the pain, suffering and stress that gang life naturally causes and compels the reader to consider the human condition as it relates to our need for love, friendship, belonging and forgiveness.
Total word count: 7600
Unique word count: 428
For Spanish teachers, the teacher's guide is an invaluable tool to help you discuss the cultural, social and linguistical aspects of the novel.
|Year of publication:||2010|
|Number of pages:||58 (plus a glossary)|