author: Skila Brown
Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village. But when the soldiers return and attack his home, Mama tells Carlos to run and hide. Numb and alone, but alive, he joins a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos’s abuela lives to warn of the approaching soldiers. Inspired by actual events during Guatemala’s civil war, Caminar is the moving story of a boy who loses nearly everything before discovering who he really is.
“Exquisitely crafted poems are the basis of an unusually fine verse novel set in 1981, in the middle of the Guatemalan Civil War. . . . Emotional, visceral, and lyrical.” — The Horn Book (starred review)