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Treasure of the World

By: Tara Sullivan

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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ISBN: 9780525516965

JLG Release: Apr 2021


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
Topics: Silver mines and mining , Family life , Child labor , Potosí, Bolivia , Education , Andes Mountains , Inca people , Quechua language

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Gr 5 Up–Twelve-year-old Ana lives on a mountain called Cerro Rico in Bolivia with her parents, brother, and Abuelita. They are descendants of the Incas who were enslaved to mine the mountain for gold hundreds of years ago. To the locals, Cerro Rico is called the “mountain that eats men.” Ana and her brother’s shared dream of escape through Gr 5 Up–Twelve-year-old Ana lives on a mountain called Cerro Rico in Bolivia with her parents, brother, and Abuelita. They are descendants of the Incas who were enslaved to mine the mountain for gold hundreds of years ago. To the locals, Cerro Rico is called the “mountain that eats men.” Ana and her brother’s shared dream of escape through education comes to an abrupt end when their angry, abusive Papi decides that it is time for Daniel to become a man of the mines. Daniel, already frail with respiratory problems, becomes sick after two days. When Ana volunteers to take Daniel’s place so that Daniel can recover, Papi is unwilling, but the family needs the money. The other miners view Ana’s presence as a bad omen. When there is a cave-in several weeks later, Ana is blamed instead of the poor working conditions. Her Papi was killed in the disaster and Daniel is missing, presumed dead. Ana will not accept that Daniel has died and enters the mine alone one night to search for him, thus endangering her own life. The arduous life of mining families is vividly drawn. Their existence is bleak, with long hours worked in dangerous conditions for little pay. Historical context is provided via memorable, often intense conversations between characters. Readers will be drawn immediately to Ana’s voice and her resilience. VERDICT This utterly riveting first purchase offers a view of complex family dynamics and child labor that is shocking and powerful.–Brenda Kahn, Tenakill M.S., Closter, NJ

Book Details

ISBN

9780525516965

First Release

April 2021

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 15;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

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

Topics

Silver mines and mining, Family life, Child labor, Potosí, Bolivia, Education, Andes Mountains, Inca people, Quechua language,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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