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.
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Francisco X. Stork is the author of Marcelo in the Real World, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens and the Once Upon a World Award; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, which was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Teens list and won the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award; Irises; and The Memory of Light, which received four starred reviews. He lives near Boston with his wife. You can find him on the web at www.franciscostork.com and @StorkFrancisco.
Read an Excerpt
Sara clicks on the third e-mail and her heart stops. The subject line says puchi. That's Linda and Sara's secret word. Heart racing now, Sara clicks on the attachment. It's a picture. It isn't Linda, but another beautiful young woman, about sixteen or seventeen, grimacing as if she smells something bad. She's sitting in what looks like a nightclub booth, next to an older man whose bald head has fallen to his chest as if he's passed out. On the table in front of them are an empty bottle of expensive Scotch whiskey and two thick crystal glasses. Next to the man is an ashtray with a cigarette still burning. Everything looks expensive in a cheap kind of way. The picture is off-center, rushed, like someone got up, leaving his cell phone behind, and someone else snapped a picture and sent it. Someone else. Linda. Linda knew that one of Sara's jobs at El Sol is checking the hotline. And only Linda would use "puchi" for the old man. Sara's head spins. She doesn't recognize the nightclub, but she doesn’t go to places like that often. And this wouldn't be just any club, otherwise Linda would come home. This must be a place where girls are kept against their will. If Linda was at the table with the puchi guy, she must be kept by these men too. Then she realizes: Someone deleted the hotline e-mails. That means the criminals know Linda sent the e-mail. The thought of what they might do to her takes Sara's breath away. She calls Ernesto. "Hey," she says, struggling to keep her voice calm. "Any way you and the Jacqueros can find out who the guy in the picture is?" "Hold on. Okay, I'm looking at it now. It's kind of hard to see his face. I'll send it to my guys. There's a ring on his finger that might help. That e-mail address is clearly an alias. We'll see if we can trace it. What are you thinking? Is the girl in the picture a Desaparecida?" "I'm about to check the files now. She looks familiar for some reason. But the e-mail was definitely sent by my friend Linda." Sara swallows. "You know, the one I talk about all the time." "You positive?" "Puchi was a special code word we used. Ernesto, this is really serious and... urgent," she says. "The bad people know the e-mail was sent. They had someone in here delete it. So Linda and the other girl--" "I know," he interrupts. "I know what that means."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Disappeared, by Francisco X. Stork, is a thrilling novel about a girl named Sara and her brother Emiliano in the Mexican city of Juarez. Each chapter alternates the perspectives of the two characters, as they work at their goals and dreams. Sara writes for a newspaper, and desperately wants to locate her kidnapped best friend, Linda Fuentes. Her articles about “lost girls” like Linda strike a chord, but with them comes death threats to her and those she loves. On the other hand, Emiliano works selling crafts made by his explorer club, the Jiparis, to shop owners. Under the guidance of his mentor Brother Patricio, he changes from his bad ways of the past. He does this in hope of being rich enough to please the rich girl of his dreams, Perla Rubi. But eventually, he must make a choice. Either make more money by going back into the cartels and get Perla, or do the right thing and lose her forever. Will Sara find Linda, or become a “lost girl” herself? What will Emiliano choose, and at what cost? Read Disappeared to find out. I really enjoyed this book for its strong main characters, even in the face of incredible adversity. Sara refused to give up on writing articles about the missing girls, despite the risks. When the organizations behind the death threats closed in on her, she still fought for herself and those she loved. This strength was amazing to read about. I recommend this book for boys and girls aged 10 and up, because of the violence and criminal activity featured. Also, the story featured many other subtle themes that a younger reader might not perceive. For example, Emiliano’s daily mile long bike rides to collect crafts made by the Jiparis showed that those in poverty work extremely hard, contrary to some beliefs. I rate this book four stars out of five because it was a powerful read, but had many slow points. The middle section especially was a little too slow for my tastes, but the drama-filled, action-packed high points were worth waiting for. Anya A, 13, Metropolitan Washington Mensa