"Ixchel’s story, told with honesty and sympathy, will stir readers’ hearts."
Author of The Wednesday Surprise
Sometimes people disappear into the North, never heard from again.
When her papá doesn’t return, twelve-year-old Ixchel, a Maya from the Yucatan, resolves to leave home and make her way across the treacherous border into the United States to find him. Chel relies on an inexperienced smuggler and faces unknown dangers in a border tunnel. Frightened but resourceful, Chel's hope, love for her father, and her dream of going to school drive her to stay the course.
Sylvia Patience is a long time Santa Cruz resident and author of several middle grade novels. She previously published Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Sylvia spent several years in Mexico, speaks fluent Spanish, and has worked with immigrants from Mexico and Central America.