Treasure of the World
A young girl must find a way to help her family survive in a desolate and impoverished Bolivian silver mining community in this eye-opening tale of resilience.
Twelve-year-old Ana wants nothing more than to escape the future set for her and her classmates in her small mining village. Boys her age are beginning to leave school to become silver miners and girls her age are destined to one day be the wives of miners. But when her often ill eleven-year-old brother is forced by their demanding father to start work in the mines, Ana gives up her dreams of school to volunteer in his place. The world of silver mining though is dark and dangerous and the men who work there don’t want a girl in their way. Ana must find the courage to not only survive but save her family after the worst happens and a mining accident kills her father and leaves her brother missing.
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JLG Release: Apr 2021
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8 3/10" x 5 1/2"
Level 5.5; Points: 15;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Violence: Death , Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Violence: Cruelty to Animals , Language: Mild Language , Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life
Silver mines and mining, Family life, Child labor, Potosí, Bolivia, Education, Andes Mountains, Inca people, Quechua language,