A Promise to Keep

By Bencastro, Mario & Giersbach-Rascón, Susan

Publishers Summary:
Sergio finds himself between two countries. When he was six years old, his family emigrated from Central America to Los Angeles and he has lived there since. At sixteen, Sergio feels he has grown up without a homeland. Sergio has spent many years under the strong and powerful influence of his grandfather, who lived with Sergio and his family until he died. Before he died, the grandfather told Sergio his wish: After living in a foreign country for many years, he wants to be buried in El Salvador, his native land. Sergio's fight to honor his mentor's wish lands him in a dangerous adventure full of unexpected disasters. This voyage allows Sergio to make a series of cultural discoveries and prospects that require that he take control. A Promise to Keep explores the critical issues of identity, patriotism, and culture, significant matters to young Hispanic immigrants who come of age and are educated in the United States. In this novel, Mario Bencastro draws upon his own experience from working with immigrant teens to profoundly examine the pressing topics and problems that bicultural young adults face.

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ISBN
978-1-55885-457-4
Publisher
Pinata Books


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2005

Gr 7-Up When he is 16, Sergio sets off on a journey from Los Angeles to keep a promise he had made to his grandfather to take his body back to El Salvador for burial after his death. After he convinces his parents and guidance counselor to let him go, he leaves behind his struggles in school and his job cleaning buildings to get on a plane transporting his grandfather's coffin. Although the plane...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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