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Sacred Leaf by Deborah Ellis
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Mar 20, 08

bookshelves: 2008-march, contemporary, young-adult
Recommended for: 6th grade and above
Read in March, 2008

Deborah Ellis is a brave, clear-sighted writer who does not shrink from difficult topics. In this sequel to I Am a Taxi Ellis continues the story of Diego and his family. After escaping from the cocaine operation Diego stumbles into a small village where the Ricardo family take him into their home. Soon however the village's fields are destroyed by the army. Villagers join together to blockade road in order to prevent the army from continuing the destruction of their livlihood.

By focusing on the plight of Diego, Ellis personalizes the plight of a people and demonstrates how decisions made in one area of the world have unforeseen negative consequences for others. Sacred Leaf gives voice to a side of the war against drugs that is seldom heard.
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