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Red Glass

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,549 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
One night Sophie and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, a six-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 refug ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published September 11th 2007)
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Mar 02, 2009 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 06, 2013 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenlit-646
Ugh. I had such a hard time getting through this! First of all, Sophie's voice felt much younger than her declared age, making the "romantic" portions of the story awkward and creepy. Second, the "point" of the story was discarded for the better part of the second half of the book and ended up being resolved in a page and a half. Ugh. Third, she was traveling through Central America like an idiot and never had to face any consequences for it! She was SO unsafe, but everything turned out just fin ...more
Erica Gale
Jan 02, 2014 Erica Gale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Dec 22, 2007 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for

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
Jan 29, 2012 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2013 Marcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2008 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 13, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan  Dunn
Aug 03, 2009 Susan Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Logan Steinbeck
May 20, 2013 Logan Steinbeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2008 Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Victor Sanchez
Aug 27, 2015 Victor Sanchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading “Red Glass” by Laura Resau. Red glass is about Sophie and her parents who take in a mexican boy named Pedro. Later during the story Pedro finds relatives who live in Mexico and travels back to see them.
I encourage people to read this story if they are looking for a good story that relates to the boarder or just intrigued by Hispanic immigration. I connected well with this book since I live close to the boarder. Overall, it was nice to read about a story that follows the
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
Apr 22, 2013 Bryn Kahle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2014 Jacci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on audio which was fantastic because there were several accents and it really brought the characters to life. I loved that I learned about four different cultures and some historical background I wasn't aware of. It was very moving and the main character grew and changed by having to take risks which is always my favorite kind of book. Plus, there was a bit of spiritual mystery going on which I enjoy.
Jul 14, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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.

Read 9/12
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.
May 12, 2009 Wenwe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
I really liked this book. I enjoyed watching the main character Sophie overcome her fears and become a young woman.
Jul 06, 2009 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of lives and journeys touched with magic. The language is lyrical and lush with life. Border crossings. Stars. Fear. Snow. Violence. Flowers. I should have read this long ago.
Jan 20, 2017 Rahmad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book is okay. To me, i feel like almost all books take too long to get through, Red Glass is no exception. The story drags on so long. Its about a girl named Sophie and her family helps illegal immigrants cross the border on emergency occasions. The story with child protective services calling Sophie's step father, Juan, because they found a child in the desert alone and had Juan's business card (Which is the dumbest thing i ever heard child protective services do [-_-] ). And so without kn ...more
Katandra Nunnally
This is a book about hope and hopelessness. A book about la flaca y la fuerte. A book about painful endings and new beginnings. A book about death. A book about life. The unlikely heroine transforms on the pages from being a girl who is afraid of her own shadow, to a girl bursting with newfound bravery. I laughed a little. I cried a little. I read, a lot. I couldn't put the book down!

This book was originally purchased in mini bulk, 3 books to be exact, to read alongside my teenage daughters age
May 01, 2017 Coumbis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Glass by Laura Resau is a multicultural fiction. Laura Resau connection to the book a two year old, Mike who appears in her and has showed his loves to her. She is author of “What the Moon Saw.” The story takes place in Arizona, Mexico and Guatemala. It is a fantastic book which tells the story of Sophie who is afraid of everything and how she changes when a boy appears in her life.

Sophie lives with her mother and she drives alone from home to the border where she imagining her life as weak
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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 novels Star in the Forest, and most recently, The Lightning Queen. 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; Oax ...more
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