by | Read by Roxana Ortega, Christian Barillas

Published by Scholastic Audio

You've never listened to a Francisco X. Stork novel like this before! A missing girl, a determined reporter, and a young man on the brink combine for a powerful story of choices, suspense, and survival.

Four months ago...

Sara Zapata's best friend disappeared, kidnapped by the web of criminals who terrorize Juarez.

Four hours ago...

Sara received a death threat - and, with it, a clue to the place where her friend is locked away.

Four weeks ago...

Emiliano Zapata fell in love with Perla Rubi, who will never be his so long as he's poor.

Four minutes ago...

Emiliano got the chance to make more money than he ever dreamed - just by joining the web.

In the next four days, Sara and Emiliano will each face impossible choices, between life and justice, friends and family, truth and love. But when the web closes in on Sara, only one path remains for the siblings: the way across the desert to the United States.

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AudioFile Review


Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas dramatize the alternating voices of siblings from Juarez, Mexico. Ortega reads the part of questioning, curious Sara, a newspaper journalist. Sara writes devotedly about the plight of Las Desaparecidas, the disappeared girls, after her best friend, Linda, vanishes without a trace. Ortega makes clear Sara’s commitment to her news stories, which gains urgency when her family’s safety is threatened. Barillas reflects parallel tensions in the life of Sara’s brother, Emiliano. Barillas expresses Emiliano’s sincerity and loyalty as he builds a small business to support his family and falls in love with a wealthy schoolmate. When he finds himself having to negotiate the burgeoning drug trade in Juarez, Barillas projects his increasing dismay and fear. The story’s tension culminates in the siblings’ life-threatening escape to freedom. S.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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