I recently finished a book titled: Gringolandia by Lyn Miller - Lachmann. I enjoyed this book very much. This book was very interesting and intriguing to read. It is about a young boy named Daniel whose father (Marcelo) writes a newspaper that exposes Chile's military regime. Marcelo was then put into jail. His family were forced to flee the country and started a new life in the United States while the father was in jail. Many years later, Marcelo was bailed out of jail, and came to join his family in the United States. He was tortured in jail, and is paralyzed in half of his body. He cannot be touched, and no one can come near him without him cringing. Although he was tortured there, he still wants to return to Chile to make it a safer place to live. After doing many things to speak about the current state of Chile, he then planned to return to Chile. After returning to Chile, Marcelo says he wants to make Chile a safer place to live, or he will die trying. A few years later, Marcelo tells Daniel that he has done it. He has achieved his goal, after all of his hard work! Daniel decides to move back to Chile and live there with Marcelo. In the end, they develop a close bond, and Marcelo is no longer afraid of being close to people, and he learns the true meaning of family. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story with a lot of action, adventure, and a bit of history. If you enjoy history and adventure, then this book is PERFECT for you. Thank you for reading my review of this book!
~Brynn, Teen Book Reviewer