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Twelve-year-old Jose Maldonado used to dream of becoming a fine artist. But this son of a poor Mexican farmer now focuses on survival, not art. After Jose's mother died, his father left to work in the United States, leaving Jose on his own in Mexico. When it's time for father and son to reunite, things go terribly wrong. Jose's attempt to cross the border is harrowing, and his stay at a migrant worker camp turns into a nightmare, forcing him to flee for his life. Hiding out in a church seems a wise thing to ...
Twelve-year-old Jose Maldonado used to dream of becoming a fine artist. But this son of a poor Mexican farmer now focuses on survival, not art. After Jose's mother died, his father left to work in the United States, leaving Jose on his own in Mexico. When it's time for father and son to reunite, things go terribly wrong. Jose's attempt to cross the border is harrowing, and his stay at a migrant worker camp turns into a nightmare, forcing him to flee for his life. Hiding out in a church seems a wise thing to do--until the blood dripping from his wounded shoulder lands on a statue of Christ. Now everyone thinks the statue itself is bleeding. Jose's accidental "miracle" kick-starts a media frenzy--and threatens the future of an entire town.
Theodore Taylor's riveting story of faith and desperation inspired the September 2003 Showtime movie The Maldonado Miracle, directed by Acadamy Award nominee Salma Hayek.
A twelve-year-old Mexican crosses the border illegally to join his father in California.
THE LAST NINE MONTHS had been hard ones. In January, Jose's mother had died in Del Carmen hospital in Ensenada. She'd been ill with cancer for a long time. The doctor said there was no cure.
They'd buried her up by Baja 1 with Maldonado standing stiffly, straw hat in his horny hands, not weeping. Saying nothing. Dark eyes a thousand kilometers away in some endless cave.
Jose was glad that neighbors and relatives had been there because they had talked about her while Maldonado went for a long walk.
After that their luck had continued bad. In March, the land on which the Maldonados lived and cropped, with a share going to the Tijuana businessman who owned it, was sold to Mexico City developers. Soon, a representative from the company had visited the adobe.
"Señor Maldonado, you must understand. I beg you to understand. Simply, we have never been in the business of tenant farming. We do not intend to start now. I'm certain you can find other land..."
Maldonado kept staring.
"We are developers, Maldonado. I'm surprised the owner did not notify you when we bought these acres."
The young man looked around uncomfortably. "This will be a deluxe mobile home estate like the one at Estero. For American tourists. You know the place at Estero?"
Maldonado did not answer. Not even nod.
"Jobs will be created here. Now, if you know anything about construction, why..."
"I am a farmer. How long do we have?"
"Oh, some months."
Jose's father had looked at the expensively dressed young man from the Distrito Federal and had slowly shaken his head. Then he'd said, so quietly it seemed dangerous, "Get out."
But it was more his mother's death, Jose thought, than the Mexico City company, that had caused his father to cross the border for work.
The adobe was filled with memories.
Copyright © 1973 by Theodore Taylor
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Posted October 28, 2003
I LOVED IT.. IT WAS AMAZING. SALMA HAYEK DOES IT AGAIN. THIS WOMAN CAN DO IT ALL. THE MOVIES PLOT WAS EXCELLENT AS SO WAS THE CAST. A TRUE MOVIE THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER ......AGAIN.
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