Sacred Leaf

Sacred Leaf

by Deborah Ellis
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Sacred Leaf by Deborah Ellis

After finally managing to escape from being held as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation, young Diego is taken in by the Ricardos, a poor, coca-farming family who provides a safe haven while he recovers from his ordeal. But even that brief respite comes to an end when the Bolivian army moves in and destroys the family's coca crop — and their livelihood. Diego eventually joins the cocaleros as they protest the destruction of their crops by barricading the roads and confronting the army head on. As tension builds to a dramatic standoff, he wonders whether he’ll ever find a way to return to his family. This thought-provoking book offers a different perspective of the war on drugs, revealing the terrible price it exacts from Bolivians who have grown coca for legitimate purposes for hundreds of years. And like all of Ellis’ books, it offers a sensitive and compelling look at the plight of children in developing countries.

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ISBN-13: 9780888998088
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 808,756
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Play 'Let Your Heart Hold Fast' while reading this.))<p>Wispleap strides in and presses her nose to the walls. She wakes up standing on StarClan grass while Dawnspot watches.<br>Sagekit pads up to her. "I give you the life of Purity. Let it guide your heart through hard times." As she touches noses with Sagekit, it seems like a electric shock runs through her.<br>Tawncloud pads up next. "I give you the life of courge. Use it to never give up." As he noses with her, her pelt quivered slightly.<br>Leafshade pads up to her. "I give you the life of Mothership. Protect your clanmates as your kits." As they touched noses, a scorching feeling rose up in Wispleap. <br>Two small kits ran up, bickering and bumping into ech other. "I wanna do it!" "Lemme!" "No!" Another cat stepped out of line. "Kits, do it together, my loves." /Truelight!/ Wispleap wanted to scream. /My baby!/ Her attention went back to Tawnkit and Mothkit. "We gonna give chu the life of fun. Never leave home without it." As she touched noses with the two kits, she stifled the urge to giggle.<br>Next, Truelight walked up. Before Wispleap could say anything, she started. "I give you the life of loyalty. Use it to remain with your clan, no matter what. Be who l couldn't." They touched noses and salty luqiud spilled out of the corner of Wispleap's eyes. "I wish l could've saved you&ndash;" "lt was not your fault, Mother. It was my own."<br>Winternight padded up. "I give you the life of love. No matter what, let love takeover when you are mad at clanmate." A small flame of love built up inside of Wispleap.<br>Tigerpaw padded up. "I give you the life of resistance. Use it to fight for your clan." A wave of fury passed through Wispleap. <br>Spotheart padded up. "I give you the life of organization. Use it to stick your clan together like mud." He stepped back with a silly grin.<br>Last, Dawnstar strided forward. "I give you the life of leadership. The life of everything." <p>"Wispstar! Wispstar!"<p>Wispstar and Dawnspot left.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kits an Queens will sleep play and eat here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to stars of mud willy is there and as somethin u gonna be mad about....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"From this day foreward these kits will be known as Skypaw, Wavepaw, Oceanpaw and Oakpaw." Hailstar announced. He motioed for four cats to come foreward. "Skypaw your mentor will be Mistshine. Oakpaw you will be mentored by Riverfur. Oceanpaw you will be mentored by Lakepelt. Wavepaw your mentor is Reedgrass." Hailstar yowled. The Clan congradgulated the four cats. --LATER-- Mistshine led Skypaw through the woods. She carefully choose a sturdy looking ash. "Are you teaching me to climb?" Skypaw asked. Mistshine nodded. "Climb as high as you can. Ill be right behind you." She assured. Skypaw started climbing. as she looked down she saw the sun glint in Mistshines eyes. A weird emotion was there but she couldnt place it. She climbed higher. Soon she rested on a branch hat was five fox-lengths above the ground. "Wow!" She whispered looking around. Mistshine came up behind her. "Amazing isnt it?" She asked. She glanced at Skypaw. "What will be amazing is if you survive this fall." She muttered. Slowly she stalked up behind Skypaw. She leaped pushing Skypaw off. Skypaw flailed he paws trying to grab a branch. "Mistshine! Help!" She wailed. She fell. Suddenly a claw snagged a branch. Sh pulled herself up. Shaking her fur out she stared wide eyed up at Mistshine. "Wait....did you....push...me off?" She asked. Mistshine clambered down. "No. I didnt. I accidentaly nudged you. Im sorry!" She soothed. Skypaw calmed down but didnt put the thought that she had almost been murdered out of her mind. -Skykit-paw