La Mochila, by Jennifer Degenhardt (Spanish)
For Oscar, life is good. Living and working with his cousins in Dodge City, Kansas, he is living what one might call the American Dream. After many years Oscar finally receives his permanent resident card (green card), and opens a business, a house-painting company. He is offered a truck at an incredible price, but he has to travel to San Antonio in order to pick it up. What should be a quick 2-day trip, turns into one of panic when Oscar loses something he worked so hard to achieve. Michelle is also living a good life. She and her husband, Marcos, live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Michelle and Marcos work hard - she as a delivery driver and he as a restaurant manager - in the hopes of bringing the rest of the family to live with them in New Mexico. On one particular trip to San Antonio, though, Michelle’s luck seems to turn when she finds a large sum of cash - a perfect solution to her problem. Or is it? Level 1-2
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I have just begun reading short novels to prepare for my year end reading with freshman students. I absolutely loved the story - I thought it was great that it covered an important view of immigrants in the US as well as moral perspective to do the right thing. The cute love story element between Oscar and Sandra was also fun. Of the couple short Spanish novels I’ve read so far - this is my favorite! Can’t wait to have students read it.