Subjects: Immigration, cultural identity, family, relationships, self-discovery
Summary: Sophie is something of an “amoeba,” drifting through her bland existence in Tuscon, AZ, when six-year-old Pablo comes into her life. Sophie’s step-father receives a middle-of-the-night phone call from Border Patrol. Mysteriously, a business card bearing their telephone number was found in Pablo’s pocket when the child discovered lost in the desert beside his dead parents. Sophie and her family take the orphan in, and Sophie delights in her new “brother,” reading him her favorite story, The Little Prince. Pablo never seems to fully adjust to his new life, though, so when his relatives in Mexico are located, Sophie’s great-aunt Dika and her boyfriend Mr. Lorenzo volunteer to drive south to reunite the boy with his family. Mr. Lorenzo’s son Ángel and Sophie decide to go on the adventure too. Along the way, all the travelers learn the joys and pains of love and loss.
Notes: Essentially a road trip narrative with colorful characters and unusual circumstances, this moving story takes the reader to unexpected places. The characters are well-developed and the plot moves at a good pace, balancing amusing, suspenseful and poignant moments.