by Alma Fullerton
Libertad and his brother Julio live near a garbage dump in Guatemala City. After their mother dies, Libertad knows that their only hope is to find their father, who works in the United States. Though they are fortunate to find help along the way, they must deal with beatings, theft, and drug abuse. But in the end, they are free.
Told in free verse, the novel can easily be read in one sitting. It has enough suspense to keep the story flowing, and the emotions captured are very real. Good for reluctant readers.