Santiago’s Road Home by Alexandra Diaz
Hi my name is Kire. I am in 6th grade and I love to read. Other than reading I like to do gymnastics and play viola.
Santiago’s Road Home is the kind of book that puts you on the edge of your seat, and makes you want to finish the book as fast as you can. The book follows a twelve-year-old boy who is trying to flee an abusive home in Mexico. After a couple of days living in an old beat-up barn by himself, Santiago runs into a kind lady named Maria Dolores and her daughter, Alegria. Maria Dolores is going to the United States to work at her sister’s restaurant. This sparks Santiago’s interest as he wants to get as far away as he can from his abusive grandma. Santiago asks Maria Dolores if he can come with them, and just like that they are all off onto a dangerous journey to the United States.
The journey is treacherous, as they must cross the desert. They almost make it, but as they are getting to the border, they faint from dehydration. Santiago ends up in an immigration detention center at the border of the U.S. and Mexico. What will become of Alegria, Maria Dolores, and Santiago? You will have to read to find out. In my opinion, this is one of the best books I have ever read, and I would highly recommend this to people who love a story that is really interesting and makes you want to keep reading.