Beast Rider


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Tony Johnston, María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads


Twelve-year-old Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a “beast rider”-someone who hops on a train. The first time he tries, he is stopped by the Mexican police, who arrest and beat him. When he tries again, he is attacked by a Mexican gang and left for dead. Just when Manuel is ready to turn back, he finds new hope. Villagers clothe and feed him, help him find work, and eventually boost him back onto the train. When he finally arrives in LA and is reunited with his brother, he is elated. But the longer he’s there, the more he realizes that something isn’t right. Thrilling and heartfelt,Beast Rideris a coming-of-age story that reveals how a place and its people help to define you.

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Weight 332 g
Dimensions 14.5 x 21.7 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 19 March 2019
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Dimensions 14.5 x 21.7 cm
Weight 332 g


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Tony Johnstonis the award-winning author of more than 100 children's books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California.Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoadsis a Mexican psychotherapist who specializes in childhood trauma. She lives in Mérida, Mexico.