Wednesday, May 20, 2009

rgz LIVE! tonight with Laura Resau

Laura Resau, author of RED GLASS, is chatting with readergirlz tonight, Wednesday, May 20th, 9 o'clock EST/ 6 o'clock PST at the readergirlz blog.

Pop in and out of the chat as you watch Idol, chat with Laura about anything under the sun, and find out how she felt about all those awards and starry reviews.

RED GLASS was inspired by "over ten years of friendships with ESL students, immigrants, and refugees who shared their stories and showed how a person can live a meaningful, joyful life despite past traumas and losses." Here's the book description:

One night Sophie, her mother, and her stepfather are called to a hospital, where Pablo, a five-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Pablo was carrying the business card of Sophie's step-father - but he doesn't recognize the boy. Crossing the border into Arizona with seven other Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pablo and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pablo comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's aunt Dika, a refugee from the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pablo - her Principito, or Little Prince - but after a year, Sophie's parents are able to contact Pablo's extended family in Mexico, and Sophie, Dika, and Dika's new boyfriend and his son must travel with Pablo to his hometown so that he can make a heart-wrenching decision.

Sophie has always been afraid of everything - car wrecks, cancer, becoming an orphan herself. But traveling with Dika, Pablo, Mr. Lorenzo, and Angel - people who have suffered losses beyond Sophie's imagining - changes her perception of danger. Sophie feels a strong connection to Ángel, but she fears losing him almost as much as she enjoys their time together. When a tragic event forces Sophie to take a dangerous journey, she recognizes that life is beautiful even in the midst of death - and that love is worth the risk of losing.

1 comment:

Susan said...

I'm an avid follower of your blog and often share items with the National Writing Project community of teachers. Now I finally have something to share back. Words Have No Borders: Student Voices on Immigration, Language and Culture is a new publication by the National Commission on Writing and the National Writing Project. Find out more by visiting the NWP dot org website. It's also posted as a pdf there for all to read. Enjoy.