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Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Like "Esperanza Rising" and "Rules of Attraction," this coming-of-age novel, "Some Rivers End on The Day of the Dead" follows a Hispanic teen, Marisol. She and her mother are on the run from their home in Tijuana, Mexico. Her father, investigating the drug wars as a journalist, has been murdered. But Marisol's new home is a riverbed camp in a rich California suburb. A wild ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Createspace
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Nov 22, 2010 RJ rated it really liked it
Eileen Granfors give us a truly insightful look at the experiences of a 14-year-old Mexican-American girl who is thrust into a world of danger and uncertainty after her father is murdered. But “Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead” is not a murder mystery. It is keenly crafted literary fiction that shines a bright light on an aspect of life that most of us choose to ignore.

I’m not talking about the Mexican laborers who hang out by the major hardware stores hoping for a day’s wage, although the
Thea Lemaster
Mar 28, 2011 Thea Lemaster rated it really liked it
Well, this is the book that I luckily won from Goodreads.

Not only did I really enjoy the coming of age story about the main character, Marisol, but I read the book quickly and even let a good friend of mine borrow it!

Some Rivers End tells the story of Marisol, a fourteens year old girl who grew up in Mexico, but moves back to the U.S., where she was born. Although Marisol was born in America, she hasn't been there in quite a while, so whilst she is relearning American customs and adjusting to l
Bruce Judisch
Jan 04, 2011 Bruce Judisch rated it really liked it
In Some Rivers End at the Day of the Dead, Ms. Granfors delivers a unique and convincing perspective on life through the eyes of a coming-of-age Hispanic girl trapped between two identities.

Marisol’s journalist father is dead, an apparent victim of the drug war on the Mexican-American border. In hiding from further danger, his family camps on a dry riverbank in southern California, eking out an existence as migrant workers. Although legally an American citizen, Marisol suffers external pressure
Nov 01, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
With Marisol, the reader of Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead is in great company. Her voice is unfailingly fresh, wise and gently humorous as she searches the past and present as well as her soul for a way to make sense of her world after a terrible incident changes the course of the river of her life. The details of Marisol and her journey are unique and honest. The novel's characterization is complex and engaging. The work sings of a pure heart, strong mind and delicious imagination. Thi ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that I could not put down. It is a touching story about a young girl struggling to survive under extremely difficult circumstances, but with a gratifying ending. One of my favorite parts of the story was the explanation of El Dia de Los Muertos. I knew very little about the Day of the Dead and discovered that it is a very beautiful custom.
Nov 10, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
A teenage girl: different, ahamed, homesick, enfatuated, befriended, betrayed, angry, accepted, accepting. Poignantly reminiscent of my relationships with family, friends, teachers, and myself.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
2.5 stars, reviewed for MM's by Cynthia

Some Rivers End is a sweet quick read about Marisol’s struggles to get used to the United States life and way of life. After living in Mexico for most of her life Marisol and her mother return to The United States fleeing from what they believe to be drug gangs that killed her father, a journalist that was not afraid to expose the truth behind the drug wars in Mexico.

Poor Marisol’s life gets turned upside down, her mother changes their last name they don’t
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Marisol is living in the wind with her mother after her father, an investigative journalist, is murdered for his investigation into the drug wars. No matter what though, Marisol knows she still has her mother to hold onto, and as a young teen, that’s what she holds onto as her lifeline. Then, a wildfire strikes, and Marisol is separated from her mother. Desperate and alone, Marisol makes a promise to herself. Not only will she find her mother, but she’ll reunite with the rest of her family on Th ...more
Nov 26, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 12+, Californians, Teachers
Recommended to Alicia by: Won in a giveaway!
I'm never really sure what to expect from self-published books. I know that a lot of the more, shall we say, erudite and elite goodreaders tend to scorn them as nothing more than self-indulgent, ego-soft toilet paper. Then the authors, on the other hand, tend to rave about self-publishing as such a wonderful indie alternative to having their creativity stifled by an editor who may actually, you know, want to make changes to the book, usually while simultaneously getting in a few jabs or a rant a ...more
Sep 12, 2012 LAWonder10 rated it really liked it
Marisol is a Mexican-American citizen but circumstances has forced her to live in poverty. Her peers think she is an illegal immigrant.
She strives to get a good education to honor her father and other family members. She takes this opportunity very seriously. She strives to learn the American words and ways.
After trying circumstances, she is given the opportunity to return to her home in Mexico to celebrate 'The Day of the Dead.' While there she is faced with new conflicts.
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Aug 22, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
"Some Rivers End on the Day of the Dead," by Eileen Granfors tale about Marisole is a great coming of age story.Just as the river flows where Marisole, her mother, and Unkle live by it bank under the trees so flow the life of Marisole. The bends and twists that occur in her life and with the guidence of the book "Great Expecations," all help Marisola discover her true place dispite being in transition. I truely enjoy Marisole and her insite into life and these she interacts with. I look forward ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. While the overall idea of the book was good, it didn't flow very well. I found Marisol very immature for 14 years old. I do realize she spent several years in Mexico however her voice didn't always ring true.

I enjoyed the family aspect of the story as well as the English language idioms that we take for granted.

I did learn a lot regarding el dia de muerta. This holiday is fascinating and Ms. Granfors did a good job explaining the holiday and the import
Judy King
Feb 08, 2014 Judy King rated it really liked it
Just before this, I read The Pinata-Maker's Daughter -- according to the descriptions on Amazon, it was to be the prequel to this -- even though the author changed the name of the protag...

Now I think I transposed the two...this book is the story of Marisol and her mother when they first arrive in California...Pinata-Maker's is Marisol going off to college. Both are aimed at younger readers -- and this book seems more appropriately scaled to the Junior High age group mentioned in the blurb. Ther
Kathryn Bundy
Dec 26, 2011 Kathryn Bundy rated it it was amazing
What I liked best about this book was the sensitivity to cultural issues. It would be possible to take this same story and trot out every stereotype of Mexican-Americans, immigrants, and teenagers, but the author avoids short cuts and generalizations. The story moves along well, with believable characters and interesting details about life as a young teen in an unfamiliar culture, and how family and traditions both conflict with and support her growth. Read this book.
May 16, 2011 Margie rated it really liked it
Engaging window into the world of a young teen whose mother is Mexican and whose father is American. Forced to flee her beloved world in Mexico, Marisol ponders her future while longing for her past.

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Nov 21, 2010 Reeky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Humorous and here's an author who describes men without a bunch of stereotypes. I really liked Coach Sneed and even Stan in a way. Puma has just the right amount of predator in him. Tomaso was hilarious in a sad way.
Aug 09, 2012 Maplesyrup rated it it was amazing
A funny book with about a sweet girl with a lot of problems. I had boys, which I am glad of. I liked the book a lot and can't wait for the next ones in this series.
Rebecca McNutt
This book was fantastic, giving readers a character with a lot of depth and a unique personality, some background on what Day of the Dead is, and telling a story about family unity, respect for lost loved ones and the importance of cultural traditions.
Kelly Cozy
Apr 07, 2014 Kelly Cozy rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable! Full review to come soon.
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Not sure i would read the rest.
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Eileen Granfors lived in Los Angeles, California, and has now retired with husband Patrick to the Missouri Ozarks. A former army brat who was born in New Orleans and lived in Germany, she and her family settled in Imperial Beach, California, where her mother’s love of body surfing turned her into an avid surfer girl.

Eileen is a proud UCLA alumna. After a full career of teaching high school, Eilee
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