Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2003 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 11 yrs.
Author: Ann Cameron
ISBN: 0-374-31519-1
Hardcover Price: $17.00
Colibri, Spanish for hummingbird, was kidnapped when she was four. A professional beggar who calls her Rosa, and demands to be called "Uncle", has led her to believe that her parents no longer wanted her and that he found her abandoned on the street. Colibri, who can't remember the name of her hometown beyond the prefix "San," hates their lifestyle but is dependent on Uncle.

Set in Guatemala, this story of a homeless child bound to the fortunes of a sinister beggar is imbued with Colibri's innate goodness which cannot be crushed. Given a sliver of hope by a fortuneteller, the girl tries to extricate herself, creating rising tension and a frightening, surprising denouement.

With an underlying respect for her characters, including the mystical abilities of the fortuneteller, the author not only enters the world of the outcasts, she makes the reader respect them.

Kemie Nix   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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