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ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, 6-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pedro and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pedro comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's Aunt Dika, a refugee o...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published February 29th 2000)
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Mar 11, 2009 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
I'm not going to be able to say enough great things about this book but I'll try my best.

Sophie (our main character) feels like she is an amoeba. She doesn't feel like she fits or belongs anywhere. Well that obviously changes throughout the course of the story.One night her life changes when a little immigrant boy named Pablo comes into her life. The boy has seen much and lost his parents trying to cross the border. Five year old Pablo stays with them about a year, but eventually Sophie and her...more
If nothing this book is unique. Sophie is really afraid about losing someone, germs, murderers, etc. People are scared of these things to some degree but Sophie thinks about it all the time. But Sophie is going to be tested she will need to go on a journey, not a very safe journey either. Sophie isn't like any heroine I've ever met while reading. This is the first time I've heard a girl describe herself as an amoeba, very strange.

This book kind of follows the whole girl finding herself in anothe...more
The author writes with wonderful evocative language that invites readers to engage with the story and the characters. Sophie, for example, a shy introverted young lady informs us that, "like that Native American story where white people weren't fully baked in the ovens so their clay never reached the proper brown color, my body was more underbaked than most, (and) my spirit felt underbaked too."
Or, after friendly conversation with Angel, she notes "…our words were gently bobbing along on the su...more
I expected this to be one of those books that's trying too hard to be 'multicultural,' where the experience of Mexican culture opens a character's eyes and she finds herself blah blah blah. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I found myself in a story where the 'multicultural' details felt natural and necessary, where another culture is not seen as some perfect thing, but as a flawed yet beautiful world. The story fits the classic form of hero going on a voyage, but in this case our hero,...more
Mar 12, 2008 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy by: Katie
A really lovely and original book, filled with unique characters. I love a YA that I don't feel like I've already read a dozen times.

My only problem was that the author set up Mexico to sound like heaven, Guatemala like hell. She does have nice and generous Guatemalan characters, and she has good descriptions of how beautiful the countryside is, but violence is emphasized--overemphasized, I think.

ETA: I wrote to the author to tell her how much I liked the book, and also mentioned that I was disa...more
This is a coming of age story about a teenaged girl finding her strength and self worth as she faces the challenges and danger of a trip to Mexico and Gautemala.

I thought the strength in this novel was the character development. We are introduced to a myriad of people over the journey that teach Sophie about acceptance, healing, and courage.
An Improper Review : Red Glass by Laura Resau
Rating : 5 out of 5 Stars

Last week, I was browsing for any interesting book in my local library, running my finger over the plastic covered spines until my eyes caught sight of this gem. I read the summary and it seemed interesting. I needed a break from reading nothing but fantasy (and some romance novels), so I thought it was a good chance. I opened it last night and as soon as I read the opening quote from The Little Prince, I knew it was going to...more
Maggie Desmond-O'Brien
Call me naive, but I've always wondered why immigration (illegal and otherwise) across our southern border, especially from Mexico, is a political issue and not a humanitarian one. Red Glass perfectly illustrates why. Its opening scene is so visceral and heartbreaking, especially for me as an older sister, that I almost put the book down, unsure if I would be able to take it. Of course, I didn't put it down, and for that I'm glad. Red Glass is the kind of book that can be life-changing.

The first...more
This is tricky. The middle school librarian asked me to read this book and tell her what I think. That conversation will happen in a few days. I have no idea what she wants to know? I would give this book five stars if the author hadn't crossed a line, more than once, into, in my opinion, too sensual of descriptions. The book would be just the same if she would have left them out. Sophie, the 15 year old main character, steps out of her box, rather tremendously, and drives for a week with other...more
Keri McLucas
Multicultural fiction

Pablo, a six year old boy and the only survivor of a group of immigrants who were killed while crossing the Arizona desert. He is taken in by Sophie, a 16 year old girl, and her family. For more than a year, Sophie takes care of Pablo, considering him to be her "Little Prince", and a brother. Sophie learns that Pablo has extended family members who are still alive and feels that she must help Pablo to visit them. She and four family members pack and travel from...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Laura Resau's RED GLASS was an amazing read. It's a wonderful mixture of excerpts from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's THE LITTLE PRINCE, eccentric people, political unrest, and magical fortunes folded into a cross-continental summer road trip.

Sophie is an amoeba, a free-floating spirit who is not attached to anything besides her family and her books. Then one night she picks up a phone call from the hospital. Seven Mexican migrants and their guide have...more
Marcia Vining

Resau, L. (2007). Red glass. New York: Delacorte Press.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Format: Print

Selection Process: Horn Book Review:
Isaac, M. (2008). Red Glass. Horn Book Magazine, 84(1), 93-94.


Red Glass is an engaging book that deals with topics such as immigration, diversity and families within the context of a compelling narrative. Resau has done her homework and creates a believable setting and quickly draws the reader into the story of Sophie. Sophie's less than...more
This is a beautifully written, well-crafted book. It is definitely a coming of age story with an international flair. Sophie is the daughter of an English mother and a Mexican immigrant stepfather. She has a Bosnian war refuge "Aunt" and a Guatemalan boyfriend. Her journey to Mexico (and Guatemala) to return a rescued 6-year-old Mexican boy (who is the only survivor after he and his parents illegally cross the border into Arizona)to his extended family helps her to grow beyond her imaginary fear...more
Susan P
Wow! Don't read this one - listen to the audio book. The narrator is amazing! And the variety of accents really make this one way better when read aloud.

Sophie's family takes in a young Mexican boy who was the only survivor of a group - including his parents - that died in the desert trying to enter the U.S. Sophie's stepdad is Mexican, so she and her mom speak Spanish. They agree to make Pablo a part of their family, and after some research, find his relatives back in Mexico. That summer, they...more
This book is both two love stories and the gradual transformation of a girl who feels like an amoeba - an outcast - in contrast to the world's organisms. We can all relate to that at one time or another. I was mesmerized from beginning to end, and read it cover to cover in one sitting.

The main character, Sophie, reminded me of my own daughter - with her fears and worries. Sophie's transformation throughout the story reminded me of the possibilities in life to change. I loved it and cheered her o...more
Logan Steinbeck
This book was a very good read. I highly recommend this book to others and I enjoyed it very much. The plot for the story is very well thought out although there is some parts where I really didn't understand what was going on. There is a lot of detail within the book and good use of a very wide selection of vocabulary. Some main details to know before reading this book would be, that sometimes the scene is a little chaotic and it is sometimes confusing if you don't read every sentence. One of t...more
Feb 14, 2008 Clay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Clay by: Karin
Shelves: young-adult
This beautiful story begins the night fearful sixteen-year-old Sophie is rereading Exupéry's The Little Prince at the same time a small Mexican boy is found in the nearby Arizona desert with her stepfather's business card in his pocket. Spanning three countries and four cultures, with loving, big-hearted characters, (especially great-aunt Dika, a Bosian refugee; little Pablo; and the ancient Mixteco, Ñola), Red Glass follows Sophie's transformation from timid, lonely girl who risks nothing for f...more
Margaret Peavey
I'm reading this with my eleven year old daughter and we are both loving it! Its heart wrenching and heart warming. Very well written book. So glad my girlfriend gave it to me. I highly recommend this book to everyone so far. The characters are great. The main character Sophie has so many phobias it's hilarious how she describes them. And her courage in dealing with them is inspiring. The writing is so good and the characters so real I feel like I'm part of the story and I forget I'm actually re...more
Bryn Kahle
This book was phenomenal! I loved this book so much. The only thing I didn't like was the back cover! I don't think the summary captures the book at all, and it makes it sound not nearly as great as the story really is. This book is based around the struggle of illegal immigration, and takes place in Tucson, Arizona, and parts of Mexico. I loved this book because I loved all of the characters, and wanted to care for all of them. With lots of love, and struggle, Red Glass was my favorite book thi...more
I really enjoyed this YA novel as it describes Sophie, a anxious teen, and her journey to Mexico. I loved all the characters, especially Dika, the Bosnian war survivor full of personality. The novel is amazingly multicultural, without feeling forced. The story deals with illegal immigration, guerrilla warfare, violence, family, love and loss in a very human way. Excellent novel.

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An amazing book. Growing up close to Mexico I never actually gave thought to what it would be like the the situation Mrs. Resau put the characters into. The book is well writen, has wonderful characts, and is by no means boring. I suggest this book to anyone from middle school and up.
An interesting and engaging community of family and friends is created in this book about growing up and expanding our word. I wanted to sit in the town and make tamales with the women.
Sep 05, 2012 Talena added it
I really liked this book. I enjoyed watching the main character Sophie overcome her fears and become a young woman.
Red Glass by Laura Resau, 2007, Delacorte Press, 275 pgs.$15.99; 978-0-385-73466-0
Grades 6+, Ages 12+,
4 Stars

Sophie is a world champion worry-wart. There’s car accidents, cancer or even becoming an orphan. She “couldn’t shake the feeling that there was always a dark, sinister shape lurking just underneath the surface…What if you could never feel pure happiness?“ So when the hospital calls her mother and stepfather because there is a six year old Mexican boy who is the sole survivor of an attempt...more
Maria Martinez
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Sophie thinks of herself as a shy person but I think of her as someone who has no one to be connected with. Pablo enters the picture and Sophie finally has someone she can connect with and she is needed. Pablo is the illegal immigrant that Sophie's parents take care of since the rest of the immigrants did not make the trip successfully. A business card found in the pants pocket of the immigrants laid this responsibility in their hands. Pablo is taken back to Mexico to his hometown to see his onl...more
Caelea Armstrong
It took me forever to read this, but not because of the's just that SSR is only 10 minutes! Anyways, the main character is a high school aged girl named Sophie...think Bella from Twilight...very shy, always hurting herself, rock-bottom self esteem. She lives in a Southern Arizonan town and is awoken one night to find out a little boy, Pablo, has been found on the US side of the border with her father's business card in his pocket. Sophie, Mom, Dad, and great-aunt (Dika) go to the ho...more
Red Glass. Red because it is the color of blood. Glass because light passes through it. Red because it is the color of love. Glass because it can be both smooth and sharp. Red glass symbolizes many things, and appears in different forms throughout Resau's story. It ties together Dika, a war refugee from the Baltic states, and a mysterious woman in white who is a victim of guerilla warfare in Guatemala. It ties these women to Sophie, a high school girl who is transulcent as colorless glass, as in...more
Brooke Shirts
Little six-year-old Pablo is orphaned during his parents' attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. Traumatized and speechless, he is adopted by Sophie's family. One year later, Pablo's remaining family is located, and Sophie's family realizes that he must make a heartbreaking choice. Sophie, who has a near-OCD phobia of everything, is called upon by her parents to accompany Pablo, her eccentric great-aunt Dika (a Bosnian war refugee), Dika's Guatemalan boyfriend, Mr. Lorenzo, and hi...more
Sophie and her parents have the occasional "midnight party" when people crossing the border illegally run into trouble near Tucson. One night they are called to the hospital by child protective services: a little boy is the only survivor of a group of seven found near the border, and he has Sophie's father's business card in his pocket. Sophie and her family end up fostering Pablo, and ultimately drive him to Oaxaca to reunite with his relatives for him decide where he wants to live. On the trip...more
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I'm the author of the young adult novels The Queen of Water, Red Glass, What the Moon Saw, The Indigo Notebook, The Ruby Notebook , The Jade Notebook, and the middle-grade novel Star in the Forest. I grew up in Maryland, then moved around for ten years (as student, ESL teacher, and anthropologist), making my home in New Orleans; Aix-en-Provence, France; Oaxaca, Mexico; Tucson; and now, Fort Colli...more
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