Colibri by Ann Cameron (0-374-31519-1)
Whew! What a glorious book! Ann Cameron is the author of The Stories Julian Tells and other books about Julian and Huey. In this book she completely breaks away from the cuteness of those stories and brings readers into Guatemala, seeing its beauty and ugliness through the eyes of Rosa. Rosa was stolen from her parents as a small girl and raised by a man who she calls “Uncle.” The darkness of this story is transcended by the beauty of the setting combined with the courage of Rosa.
This is a perfect book for a booktalk, especially because the cover art may not draw kids in, despite its beauty. The kidnapping story and questions of morality should get kids to try the book. Once they try it, it is very hard to put down.