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Beyond the Barricade [Paperback]

Deborah Ellis

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2 April 2009
Diego has managed to get away from thugs who were forcing him to make cocaine paste in the jungle, but he doesn't know where he is or how he will find his parents. When he's taken in by the Ricardo family, he's eager to help them harvest their coca crop. Doing so reminds him of home because, like his family, the Ricardos need the harvest for survival.

But the army doesn't want any coca getting into the hands of criminals who will turn it into cocaine for the western market and so destroys every leaf it can find. Every family in the area now faces devastation.

In protest, the people organise a blockade of Bolivia's main road. Diego is swept along by the excitement of it all, and by the sense of belonging. He makes himself invaluable, running errands, helping out where he can, and making new friends.

But the good humour soon sours. At first the army merely threatens to break the blockade, but then its threats become a violent reality. When Diego is given the chance to escape, he is tempted. And when he discovers that the person offering rescue could take him to his family, it's almost impossible to resist. But should he stay and fight, or leave silently and perhaps, finally, find his family?

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Deborah Ellis has achieved international acclaim with her courageous, sensitive, and dramatic books that give western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries. Her Breadwinner trilogy has sold hundreds of thousands of copies in twenty-five languages, and she was awarded the Governor General's Award for her book, Looking for X. Deborah grew up in Ontario, Canada and from the age of 17 has been a political activist, advocating non-violence. After high school she went to Toronto and worked in the Peace Movement. Later she got involved in the Women's Movement, focusing on women's rights and economic justice. She continues to be involved in anti-war politics. She has spent a lot of time in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan, talking to women and documenting their lives through 20 years of war. The stories she heard and the children she met were the inspiration for The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey, Mud City, and My Name is Parvana.
Deborah lives in Ontario, Canada.

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[ (Books for Keeps)

]: 'Ellis's spare colloquial style, her narrative drive and her empathy with her central character once more produce a fast moving, gripping and thought provoking story.

powerful and compelling (Publishing News)

[ (The Daily Telegraph)

]: 'deserves to become a bestseller.

a powerful and gruesome depiction of life under the Taliban regime, told honestly by children. (Entertainment News)

[ (The Teacher)

]: 'A book all children should read

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. . . a harrowing, true-to-life story . . . meticulously researched and sensitively written, but not for the faint-hearted. (Northern Echo)

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