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Libertad and his little brother Julio watch as their mother is swallowed by the Guatemala City Dump on which they had depended for their livelihood. Libertad understands that he cannot earn enough to live and pay for his brother's schooling. With no other place to turn, Libertad leads them toward America and their father. Along the way the penniless boys meet kind-hearted and ruthless thieves and children lost to destitution and addiction. After many months the boys finally make their way across the Rio Grand and into their father's arms.
Fullerton's story is told in readable prose and an educator's guide is available online.
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