Red Midnight

Red Midnight

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Red Midnight by Ben Mikaelsen, Chris Nunez

When guerrilla soldiers strike Santiago's village, they destroy everything in their path -- including his home and family. Santiago and his four-year-old sister escape, running for their lives. But the only way they can be truly safe is to leave Guatemala behind forever. So Santiago and Angelina set sail in a sea kayak their Uncle Ramos built while dreaming of his own escape. Sailing through narrow channels guarded by soldiers, shark-infested waters, and days of painful heat and raging storms, Santiago and Angelina face an almost impossible voyage hundreds of miles across the open ocean, heading for the hope of a new life in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739372685
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Ben Mikaelsen is the winner of the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award. His novels have been nominated for and won many state reader's choice awards. These novels include Red Midnight, Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, and Tree Girl. Ben's articles and photos appear in numerous magazines around the world. Ben lives near Bozeman, Montana, with his 700-pound black bear, Buffy.

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Red Midnight 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Bush_Man More than 1 year ago
Red Midnight is an exciting adventure, historical fiction blend. Ben Mikaelsen the author strongly portrayed the horrors that a Guatemalan child and his sister must deal with. Ben Mikaelsen was born in Bolivia and there he had to deal with the prejudice of being white. As soon as he moved to America he had to deal with the comments that insulted the way he spoke English. From this he decided that he was going to become a children¿s book writer and express the truth in the world. With this he decided he was going to become a writer when he was 13 the themes of this book are caution and diligence. Each of these themes is strongly demonstrated because of the hardships and past that Santiago must live with. Diligence is shown when Santiago in his cayuco (canoe) and thinks all he can really do is double-check everything to keep him and his sister from death. . ¿I do no know what will happen tomorrow, but today our world is the ocean and the cayuco.¿ (Pg. 89) He must stay completely focused on the task at hand and still manage to occupy his 4-year-old sister. Santiago must always be cautious as well because he doesn¿t know whom to trust or not. After all it was the government that destroyed his village and took everything from him except his sister. This novel can remind all of us that our lives may be prosperous at some time but we should always think of the people that don¿t have equal opportunities. Other databases have had their opinions on the book for example at (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0PBX/is_4_36/ai_111165594) they felt that it was a very good adventure book and is a interesting child¿s book but it really wasn¿t very realistic. I feel like this was a well-written and deep book that could spark the interest of young readers but this book was lacking in factual evidence. I would most definitely recommend this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!! it's inspiring, adventurous and suspenseful. I felt bad for angelina!!!! :' anyone who likes ben mikealsn has to read this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a young adult literature book to read with my Spanish class that would incorporate some of the culture and/or history of Spanish-Speaking countries. I was more than pleased finding this book. There was excitement, sorrow, failure and triumph. My students were riveted with the chapters and never wanted to stop reading. This is a wonderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 i wanted to read this book again 
Natalie_Carlo More than 1 year ago
Great experience so, interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Mikaelsen's book Red Midnight is a great book about this teenage boy named Santiago and his four year old sister Angelina trying to survive a war in Guatemalaby heading to the United States by sailing in a kayak. Santiago wakes up and the morning and guerilla soldiers attack his village and Santiago's mother tells him to get out and leave with his sister to safety.Santiago tries to escape with soldiers everywhere shooting at anything that moves. Santiago and Angelina run for their lives until they go to their uncle Ramos's house to see if they can use one of his kayaks to escape the fierce attacks by the soldiers. Santiago and his sister learn to sail the kayak and they sail off at sea with the large risks by sailing in shark infested waters and the days of painful heat that they have to travel hundreds of miles to be safe and to start a new life in the United States.I think that the book was great and I could not put the book down. This novel will fill you with questions of what will happen next.I truly reccomend Red Midnight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is pretty cool...its really really good.READ IT!! its all about survival...and ben portrays the hardships of survival really well...its as if hes actually had to survive..i am all into survival tales and this one was really good..i tried to write a book about survival and it sucked and i tried so hard so ben is truely gifted
Guest More than 1 year ago
U HAVE TO READ IT! IT LIKE A MOVIE THAT U ARE AT THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT THE WHOLE ENTIRE TIME!! Ü IT IS REALLY THAT GOOD!! Ö
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished this book. I totally understand how Santiago feels because I'm Hispanic. Come on. Read this book. You are in for an exciting adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Mikaelsen is more than just any ordinary author. He has time to reply to your e-mails. And he publishes books every once in a while. His last book published in 2001 called Touching Spirit Bear has really inspired myself. This book is more than inspiring. He owns a bear named Buffy who is 700 pounds and lives in Montana. Yeah the news is already out..... I am looking forward to him. I've already read 3 of his books, on two I got autographs signed by him. Go Ben. I already knew this was coming from a friend who had joined a club with Mikalesen about everything about his new book. The only thing I didn't know was the titles, and what the book was about. I have 2 words for Ben. Go BEN!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a really nice book. I would reccomend it for very actiony people