I Am A Taxi

I Am A Taxi

Book - 2006
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For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is the San Sebastian Women's Prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government's war on drugs. Diego's adjusted to his new life. His parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother's hand-knitted goods, and to work as a "taxi", running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister runs away, earning his mother a heavy fine. The debt and dawning realization of his hopeless situation make him vulnerable to his friend Mando's plan to make big money, fast. Soon, Diego is deep in the jungle, working as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation. As his situation becomes more and more dangerous, he knows he must take a terrible risk if he ever wants to see his family again.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780888997357
Branch Call Number: YA ELL
Characteristics: 205 p


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Jun 27, 2017

it is a great book. I love the cliff hanger, it make me want to read the sacred leaf.

Jul 27, 2016

reading this book made me really sad. But as I continued it kinda made me happy. it always changed my feelings.

Jul 12, 2016

This book is very good book to read because at the end of the book their is a good cliffhanger

Jul 02, 2016

I do not recommend this book for younger kids because of what it is about. It is an OK book. I liked the excitement of what is going to happen next and how it explains the lifestyle of Bolivia. It was a bit sad though but still good.

Mar 29, 2009

An O.K book

Twoey Gray
Feb 14, 2009

Really loved the Parvana's Journey series but couldn't get into this book. Maybe I was just stunned by what I thought the book would be about. Nonetheless, thought provoking, and inspires you to take action against the hurt in developing countries.

Feb 14, 2009

Contrary to twoey's opinion on this book, I thought that the cocalero novels were by far Ellis's finest and most gripping work. As a matter of fact, I was so absorbed in this book that I could not put it down, and I finished it in two days.
But I'm interested to know, twoey, what you thought the book was going to be about.

samdog123 Mar 12, 2008

Another hit from Deborah Ellis. If you haven't read her trilogy about afghanistan starting with The Breadwinner, Parvana's journey and Mud City, you're in for a treat.

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Jun 27, 2017

Diego is a boy who live in prison, his job is a taxi. so what he does is that he go in and out of the prison and deliver letter and other things. one day. his friend Mando came and tell him he is going to make big money. and Diego agreed to go with him. soon Diego resized that he is doing smuggling drug and making coca leave. He try his plan but on the way. Mando fell of the rope use to cross the lake and he died of trying to save Diego. Soon Diego got capture by Smith, who is the boss of the drug team. Smith think that Diego could also do drug sell in the future with him since Diego was a very smart boy. But Diego take every chance to escape. The last time he try to escape. Smith try to kill him instead of keeping Diego for the feature. In the big jungle, Diego was worried, panicked and scared. Smith was near and about to kill Diego but smith fell in the quick sand. Diego didn't kill Smith. Instead he just run away and leave smith in the quick sand. After a long night diego was caught for eating coco leave by a girl. He got to a farm and the family kept him.


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