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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  268 ratings  ·  59 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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Jul 29, 2013 Lyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
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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
Victoria M
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Kristin Babirad
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
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
Bryan Norberg
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
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
Emily F
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
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
Christi Bigony
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
Ashley Bruner
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
Katherine M
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
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
Tyrie Rowell
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
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
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.
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Weird book, but oddly enough I couldn't put it down. Interesting story.
Marion Hook
I found Colibri to be an inspiring story about a young girl discovering her identify. Throughout the book she encounters many difficult life decisions intermixed with basic life lessons from honesty to stealing. She discovers her inner “voice” and overcomes unfortunate circumstances to improve her life and surround herself with caring and honest people. Many young readers can find similar situations in their own lives that Colibri deals with. I would recommend this book to any young reader as it ...more
Kristen Pollard
I always appreciate a good YA novel that takes place in a culture so very different from my own, and Colibri fit the bill perfectly. The author is right that we need more teen fiction from South America. Part mystery and part heartbreaking tale about family dynamics, this book kept me engaged throughout. My only criticism (and hence the three stars) were a few parts that I felt could have been better written given the voice of the narrater (Colibri). I imagine that with more practice, Cameron ca ...more
I enjoyed being able to follow the journey of Colibri through the book. She had so much strength and was true to her values. She was also aware of the morals her “Uncle” lacked. This is a great book for young adults. The detail of the book allows the reader to picture what is going on, and makes you feel as if you are actually there. I found myself not wanting to put the book down, because I wanted to know what was going to happen on Colibri’s adventure next. Overall, I liked this book and would ...more
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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
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
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
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
I enjoyed watching the development of "Rosa"--her strength and conscience, her awareness of Uncle's lack of morals, her determination to be free of him. Sadly, the ending was entirely predictable, abrupt and weak. The topic fits so well with current world situations and would be a good eye-opener for young adults.
I think this book was an interesting read. It provides children with some insight into the life of Guatemalan children and the culture in Guatemala. In a way it is a not-so-happy-ending Cinderella story.
This book was not what I expected. I really enjoyed reading it and did not expect it to be about kidnapping and adventure!
Lisa the Librarian
Sep 29, 2008 Lisa the Librarian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Kimberlee Briggs
Kimberlee did a search for "Guatemala" in the school library and found this book.

The story of a young girl who was abducted as a small child and is now cared for by an unscrupulous man known only as "Uncle" Her nickname when she still lived with her mother and father was "Colibri" which is Spanish for hummingbird. Now Uncle calls her Rosa.

Colibri struggles within her self to stay true to the values her mother taught her and her own survival as Uncle lives contrary to those values, particularly h
Kelsey Jacks
Colibri is a book about a young girl, Colibri, who was stolen from her real parents at age four. An ex-soldier starts to take care of her and promises that he is trying to find her parents, but at age ten he still has not found them. Danger starts to arise in her life even from the man who has been “helping” her. This text shows a new perspective on growing up. Colibri must grow up and survive because she was taken from her parents. It is also set in Guatemala which is very different from the Un ...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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