I Am A TaxiBook - 2006
Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a 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 and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession.
Diego's parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother's handknitted goods, and to work as a "taxi," running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister temporarily runs off while under his watch, 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.
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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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