Fourteen-year old Marisol and her mother are on the run from their home in Tijuana, Mexico. Her father, investigating the drug wars as a journalist, has been murdered.
But Marisol’s new home is a riverbed camp in a rich California suburb. A wildfire separates Marisol from her mother and her school. Cut off and alone, she challenges herself to find a way to reunite with her family and to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico to honor her father with the proper traditions.
Some Rivers End is a book that will keep readers laughing, worrying, and cheering for its Hispanic protagonist, Marisol de Lira Lima. Some Rivers End will appeal to a wide audience, boys and girls, ages twelve and up as well as to adults. It is the first of a planned trilogy (coming: a prequel, The Pinata Maker’s Daughter and a sequel, So You, Solimar).
Some Rivers End is "a terrific book, sweet, hopeful, and funny" with the last chapter "a joyful surprise" in the words of Eve Caram, novelist (Trio, 2010) and UCLA Extension Writers' Program teacher.
Although I wrote the book with teens in mind, I believe men and women, book clubs, and guys will enjoy Marisol's journey.