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Red Glass

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,244 ratings  ·  237 reviews
“A captivating read.”—School Library Journal, Starred

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 wi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 12th 2009 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  ·  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
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
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
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  ·  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.
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
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
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
Erica Gale
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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  ·  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
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
Red Glass....another book my daughter is having to read at school, that I wanted to read first. It was a quick read, I'll give it that much. I won't be letting her read it, however. She doesn't have enough life experience or maturity to appreciate the book. It is really meant to be read by a 16 year old girl and older.

The author has a funny view of Bosnian immigrants. I'd really like to know what they think of the character Dika. When I looked up pictures of Bosnian war refugees, that is not wha
Isabell Maria
I cannot review this book highly enough. This book, at first, was super hard to get into. I had no idea where it was going and the main character Sophie seemed like she almost had a social issues. She would only really talk about what an outcast she was at school. When Pablo, a little Mexican boy, shows up at her house, she instantly loves him. She reads to him and cares for him, and sleeps with the chickens like he does. When Sophie's great-aunt Dika, has a great idea to go to Pablo's village t ...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
Zuriati Zulfa
Have you ever felt really scared of a lot of things?

In this book, Sophie thinks that she is an amoeba. She fears a lot of things. She even squeezes a lime onto her food in case something is inside the food. She is especially afraid of losing Juan and her mom.

The author does a really great job in relaying the feelings of a teenager that has a lot of fears. All the fears that she felt, it is really similar to what I feel too. It feels like she really understands me or vice versa. Also I like how
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.
Sophie, an anxiety-ridden teenager, takes a journey both in the physical sense and the metaphorical one. When Pablo, an orphaned migrant, winds up as a foster child in Sophie's family, she feels instantly drawn to him and eager to ease his transition into an unfamiliar country. Together with her wacky, good-hearted Bosnian great aunt Dika and her kindly parents, Sophie encourages Pablo to emerge from his shell of fear. Many months later, he is ready to travel back to his native Mexico and spend ...more
Children's Books Too Cool for School Sophie's unusual family group -- she lives with her English mother, Latino stepfather, and Bosnian refugee great aunt -- becomes a little more unusual when a small boy, Pablo, is found in the desert with Sophie's father's business card in his pocket. Poor little Pablo has seen his parents die trying to cross the border, and barely survived himself. Sophie, whose favorite book is The Little Prince, decides that Pablo is her pricipito who came from parts unknow ...more
Kalaisha Totts
Reading the summary for this book, I was open to where the book would go and where it would take me. Starting the book with reads only now and then, I found myself continuously reaching for it more than my others in my dresser stack. I'm disappointed in myself because I didn't give the book full attention, as I should have. I fell in love with the culture of the book, the representation of the Hispanic/Central American display of culture, and all the characters. Especially little Pablito, Sophie ...more
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.
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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 The Impossible Caravan (coming Fall 2015). 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, Fran ...more
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