Beast Rider

ISBN-10: 141973363X
ISBN-13: 9781419733635
Author: Johnston, Tony and Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads
Interest Level: 7-12
Publisher: Abrams Books

Publication Date: March 2019

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 176


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Interest Level

Grades 7-12

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z
Lexile: HL630L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.2
Accelerated Reader Points: 4.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Mexico

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism

Description
Twelve-year-old Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a "beast rider"--someone who hops on a train. The first time he tries, he is stopped by the Mexican police, who arrest and beat him. When he tries again, he is attacked by a Mexican gang and left for dead. Just when Manuel is ready to turn back, he finds new hope. Villagers clothe and feed him, help him find work, and eventually boost him back onto the train. When he finally arrives in LA and is reunited with his brother, he is elated. But the longer he's there, the more he realizes that something isn't right. Thrilling and heartfelt, Beast Rider is a coming-of-age story that reveals how a place and its people help to define you.

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