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3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  332 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
When Tzunún was little, her mother nicknamed her Colibrí, Spanish for “hummingbird.” At age four, Colibrí is kidnapped from her parents in Guatemala City and ever since she’s traveled with Uncle, the ex-soldier and wandering beggar, who renamed her Rosa. Uncle told Rosa that he looked for her parents, but never found them.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Laurel Leaf (first published 2003)
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Rachel Cass When she gets on that bus with Uncle, it triggers a memory from when she is little, and she remembers when she was stolen from her mother and taken…moreWhen she gets on that bus with Uncle, it triggers a memory from when she is little, and she remembers when she was stolen from her mother and taken off the bus. She doesn't remember who stole her, just when she was actually stolen.(less)

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Jul 17, 2012 Iris rated it liked it
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I bought this book for a cheap price at National Bookstore, just planning to list it at Bookmooch but somehow at a later time I got myself to open and read it.

It's about a girl named Tzunún, who was nicknamed Colibrí by her mother. The story begins when at a young age of four she was kidnapped from her parents in Guatemala. Since then she has been with Uncle, an ex-soldier and a vagabond beggar who claimed to adopt her and then
Hilary Nunez
Dec 05, 2016 Hilary Nunez rated it liked it
I read the book “ Colibri “ by Ann Cameron. When i first picked this book the cover page grabbed my attention. I remembered seeing this book before and i believe i even intended to read it but never did. My favorite character would be Tzunún, spanish meaning for “ hummingbird “. The reason she is my favorite character is because she is very observant, she always look at her surroundings; which is kind of the way i am. My favorite part would be when a man came and have her 100 pesos and said it w ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it
This book is awesome! I can understand Spanish but I can't speak it. I loved being able to know the spanish words in the story.
Apr 27, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it
Weird book, but oddly enough I couldn't put it down. Interesting story.
Oct 21, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
It read like a folk tale. Simple and lovely.
Mar 20, 2014 Katrina rated it it was amazing
With nothing but positive reviews, it’s not surprising that Colibrí was a great read. It’s a well-written and engrossing novel. Told from the point of view of Tzunún, a 12 year-old girl, students will find it easy to connect with the young narrator. It’s not a light read; instead, it offers a coming of age story that shows a young girl forced to make decisions that we would hope only adults might have to confront. Yet this is part of the power of the book. Often our students do have to deal with ...more
Vamos a Leer
Aug 12, 2015 Vamos a Leer rated it it was amazing
With nothing but positive reviews, it’s not surprising that Colibrí was a great read. It’s a well-written and engrossing novel. Told from the point of view of Tzunún, a 12 year-old girl, students will find it easy to connect with the young narrator. It’s not a light read; instead, it offers a coming of age story that shows a young girl forced to make decisions that we would hope only adults might have to confront. Yet this is part of the power of the book. Often our students do have to deal with ...more
Bryan Norberg
Feb 18, 2015 Bryan Norberg rated it really liked it
Colibri by Ann Cameron presented itself almost like an autobiography given by its main character Tzunun, (nicknamed is Colibri). She is kidnapped at the age of four from her parents and is now about 12 years old. Her caretaker is an individual she calls “uncle”. He told her he found her on the street and changes her name to “Rosa”. Uncle is a con-artist and thief who pretends to be blind to obtain money. When he was a young man he was a government soldier that did some horrible things. It is dis ...more
Kristin Babirad
Feb 19, 2015 Kristin Babirad rated it it was amazing
At the start of the book, it's at a slower pace than what one would thing. In the beginning, you find out interesting things about the main character. You learn that she has multiple names that she goes by, but the one used the most is Colibri. You also find out how the family situation is when it comes to ranking in society. From the text, it seems that the family does not have much, being that they were eating their final piece of bread. Also, the fact that is in there stating that her shoes w ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Kayla rated it really liked it
Within the first few pages of Colibir, we find out so much about this little girl. First she has many names; Tzunun was given to her as a baby, but her mother nicknamed her Colibiri, and her "Uncle" calls her Rosa. It appears that Tzunun doesn't have much; she and Uncle are eating their last piece of bread, her shoes a snug on her feet and all of their belongings fit into a small black suit case.

When you begin reading you immediately feel bad for Tzunun. She describes Uncle and you realize he d
Feb 18, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Reading Colibri, I found it difficult to put the book down. The beginning had me wondering why this poor girl is with her uncle and what happened to her family. However, the book soon reveals that this man is not her uncle and he is involving her in unscrupulous tasks. 12 year old Colibri lives an unstable existence, not knowing when and where she will be able to lay her head at night nor when she will have her next meal. Her “uncle” has governed her life since he “found” her when she was four y ...more
Katherine M
Feb 18, 2015 Katherine M rated it really liked it
Colibri was a great book to read as it tells a tragic story of Colibri, a 12 year old girl. It was very easy to connect to the young narrator because of her voice and determination but is a rough read as it shows the passion and force of decisions that this young child has to go through. When Colibri was young she was kidnapped and the man who found her forced her to call him “uncle”. Uncle promises to help Colibri, who he renamed “Rosa”, find her family but as the story goes on it turns into a ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Lyn rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-ya
A four year old Mayan child is found by an ex-solder who insists that she call him Uncle. Uncle calls her Rosa although her true name is Tzunun which means hummingbird or Colibri in Spanish.

When the story begins Rosa has been traveling through the Guatemalan countryside with Uncle for eight years. Through Tzunun's eyes we see an ancient Mayan culture where fortunetellers and mysticism share the same respect as the holy church. Uncle intends to sell Tzunun, but is told that she is too old. Foreig
Christi Bigony
Feb 23, 2014 Christi Bigony rated it really liked it
Most children have a deep fear of being kidnapped. The threat of being snatched away from the comfort of home is the motivation behind children staying close to their family in crowded places, at least it was for Tzunun Chumil. Tzanun is a young Guatemalan girl who got abruptly taken away from her mother while traveling on a bus at the age of four. She is afterwards raised by "Uncle", who half-hazardly takes care of her in the exchange for help begging. The story takes place around the time Tzan ...more
Faith Black
Feb 18, 2016 Faith Black rated it really liked it
Colibri was a very compelling story about a young girl who was kidnapped from her family at a young age. The girl was found by a man who she travelled with throughout Guatemala. The man made Colibri call him by the name of “Uncle”. Uncle was very poor and frequently begged and/or stole from others in order to provide for himself. He used Colibri as a way to help him take advantage of people who were unaware of his tactics. Colibri hated this because she was a very honest person who had morals. T ...more
Ashley Bruner
Jul 18, 2016 Ashley Bruner rated it really liked it
Kidnapping, extortion, and murder. Not exactly what I thought of when I first picked up this book. Colibri turns out to be a great book for young adults. The book tells the story of Tzunun, a young Mayan girls from Guatemala. It tells about her life from the age of four to twelve. The obstacles that Tzunun has to overcome along her journey is difficult to say the least. She finds herself kidnapped by a man that forces her to call him “Uncle”. Then she is made to follow him everywhere he goes and ...more
Victoria M
Feb 19, 2015 Victoria M rated it really liked it
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This is a wonderful story! It is a great way to learn about some of the magical beliefs of the Mayan cultures, as well as a way to learn about the tumultuous history of Guatimala - but in a gentle way. This is the story of a young girl named Tzunun, or Colibri in Spanish - a word that means hummingbird. Colibri was about 4 years old when she befan living with her "uncle" - a former soldier who cared for her after she was torn apart from her mother and f
Emily F
May 14, 2014 Emily F rated it really liked it
The book Colibri is about a young girl, Tzunun. When she was little her life was taken from her parents, who nicknamed her Colibri, and she was kidnapped. A man who tells Colibri he found her in an aly after she was kidnapped. The man who found her was very poor and Colibri and himself traveled by foot. She called this man her Uncle. The two of them walked wherever they needed to go, people offered them rides but her Uncle refused because he knew he would have to tip the driver which he couldn’t ...more
May 18, 2013 Kaylee rated it liked it
Kidnapped! Colibri was kidnapped at an early age. A person named “Uncle” promises to help Colibri find her family, she longs to be with, but Uncle has a different motive her “helping” Colibri. Colibri is supposed to make him rich beyond his wildest dreams.
At the beginning of this book, I found myself reading on to find out who really kidnapped Colibri, but when I did find it out it was not much of a surprise. The book was not that bad, but there wasn’t a point where I had to keep on turning t
Feb 18, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Colibri is an enthralling novel that focuses on a young girl learning from hard times to find courage within herself, and to fight for the life that she has always dreamed about.
Tzunún was stolen from her family by a man she is made to call "Uncle", a man who has forced her to have a different name and makes her survive in a life where she begs for money, lies, and steals. Tzunún still grasps at the memories of a life she had before she was kidnapped, and still keeps the morals that her mother
Feb 18, 2016 Dave rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this novel. The story was daringly original and the characters were complex, authentic, compelling and most importantly, fun to watch. The antagonist Baltasar Om, is one of the most intriguing villains I've run across in contemporary literature (or at all for that matter). He has a certain devilish charm about him and is not completely despicable despite his obviously dastardly character traits.
The book also had a levity about it despite the tragic subject matter contained with
Aug 02, 2015 Janice rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
Tzunún, nicknamed Colibri by her mother, is separated from her parents since she was very little. Since then she has been traveling with Uncle who has renamed her Rosa. Uncle says that he is searching for her parents, but that they probably didn't want her since they don't seem to be looking for her.

Uncle is a small-time con-artist and he has been told by seers and fortune tellers that Colibri will help him become rich.

Finally he has the chance to make a big score with Colibri's help, but she i
In Guatemala, twelve-year-old Tzunún travels with a man she calls “Uncle” in search of a treasure which fortune-tellers have convinced Uncle she will bring him. Tzunún manages to escape Uncle and learn the truth about her past.

I enjoyed Colibrí because I had never read any fictional stories from Guatemala before this one. I could visualize the Guatemalan cities of Nebaj and San Sebastián because of the descriptions of the people, food, and the sights and smells of the marketplaces. I was reminde
Rachel Cass
Feb 19, 2016 Rachel Cass rated it really liked it
Colibri is about a girl who is stolen from her parents as a little girl, but raised to think that they didn't want her. I'm not going to lie, this book isn't one of those that sucked me in and took me aware from the first few pages. It took me about a 1/4 of the way in before I became invested and wanted to see how Tzunun's story ends. Colibri took me on a roller coaster of emotions: I felt anxious, sad, confused, angry, and satisified. The book creates many questions from the start, but through ...more
Tyrie Rowell
Feb 26, 2015 Tyrie Rowell rated it really liked it
The intro to this book doesn’t allow one to know much about Colibri better known to her uncle as Rosa. What we do find out is she has lost both of her parents because she was kidnapped and must now live with her uncle. Even though there seems to be some type of indication that he really isn’t her uncle, this may be something that I was reading into more than what it really is. The unfortunate part of the story is that she is never able to be reunited with her parents; which almost makes me wonde ...more
Laura Beckham
Feb 25, 2014 Laura Beckham rated it really liked it
First let me say that I am not much on reading. I can’t sit down to read without falling asleep. This was different with this book. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Tzunún or Colibri. Her mother nicknamed her Colibrí, which is Spanish for “hummingbird.” The story is about a young girl who was abducted when she was a small child and now travels around with a man that she calls “Uncle.” He now calls her Rosa. Colibri struggles within herself to stay true ...more
Oct 12, 2008 Joanna rated it liked it
This is a book that take place in Guatemala, about a girl named Tzunun. She was kidnapped from her parents when she was four. Since then, she starded following this man, who he told her to called him Uncle. Tzunun follow him wheverever he goes and whatever he does, whether it's stealing or acting blind for others to feel pity for them. Of course, there's a reason why this Uncle is willing to "take care" of Rosa. There've been fortune tellers who predicted that Tzunun would help Uncle find a trea ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Brandon rated it really liked it
Colibri is a truly unique story that truly captivates its audience and literally will have you sitting on the edge of your seat anticipating what the next page holds. This novel follows the life of a young girl who is truly trying to find herself. With all the trials and obstacles that life has thrown her way it seems a miracle that she is still holding on. As I read through the book I found myself astounded as the story unfolded and I had the opportunity to find out what was really going on, wh ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it
I did not know what to expect from this book, but it certainly exceeded whatever I did! It tells story of a young girl's travels with her supposed Uncle. Their life is far from what one may considered normal, as her Uncle makes her beg on the streets with him to make money. The story is slow in parts, but really does draw the reader in. As a reader, I became very attached to Tzunun and her story. I really wanted to know how her story ends. You begin to wonder how she got kidnapped, where her fam ...more
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Ann Cameron grew up in Wisconsin. Today, she and her husband live in Guatemala. From her house she can see a waterfall and three volcanoes. Ann Cameron has been a teacher and an editor as well as a writer.

She says that writing is hardest for her at the beginning of a book. To get started, she follows this important rule for writing: "Apply seat of pants to bottom of chair."
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