January 30, 2020
MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY! REVIEW OF BEAST RIDER BY TONY JOHNSTON & MARIA ELENA FONTANOT DE RHOADS
The brotherhood of Beast Riders is lifting me in a huge hum of instructions, with great ferocity of purpose, with a kind of love new to me.
Love that says, Stranger, we are in this together. --Manuel
The Latina Book Club is proud to be a blogger reviewer for Multicultural Children’s Book Day – January 31, 2020. This year’s book review is of the BEAST RIDER by Tony Johnston and Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoads (Abrams Press). Views expressed are our own.
Haunting. Inspiring. Genuine.
BEAST RIDER is a harrowing, thrilling, and emotional ride fraught with danger and hope. It’s one boy’s journey across the border to reconnect with his long lost brother. This very realistic tale is about love, courage, family and growing up fast.
It’s also frightening because it can – and does! -- happen. Young boys – girls, adults, elders – do ride “The Beast,” the fast moving train from Mexico towards the U.S. 12-year old Manuel is such a boy. In this fictional tale, he leaves his small town to join his older brother Toňo in Los Angeles. Neither the journey nor the ride are easy. There are gangs, thieves, corrupt police, etc., who prowl around The Beast. Manuel is not prepared for the violence he encounters, but he does find strangers who help him on his way. Third time proves lucky, and Manuel, now 15, finally makes it to L.A. and is reunited with his brother in a strange new land.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 children’s books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California. Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoads is a Mexican psychotherapist who specializes in childhood trauma. She lives in Mérida, Mexico.
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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.
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