Tuesday, July 17, 2012
by: Reviewed by: Alma Ramos-McDermott, Weymouth, MA
Section: Young Adult Book Reviews
Desert Angel. Charlie Price. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. 233 pp. $16.99 (Hardcover). ISBN: 978-0-374-31775-1. Grades 9-12. English.
Fourteen-year-old Angel has had a hard life raising herself and fending off her mother’s many boyfriends. When Scotty the latest loser boyfriend kills Angel’s mother and Angel discovers the body, Scotty attempts to kill her as well. The teen barely manages to escape with Scotty hot on her trail. Taken in by a community of border Mexicans who endanger themselves by helping her, Angel learns about family unity and trust. For the first time in her life, she learns to love and care for others. Unfortunately, Scotty discovers where she’s hiding and, as he gets closer, it seems that no one can stand in his way. Price has woven a tale of suspense and chills that will keep readers glued to the pages while hoping Angel and her newfound friends can stay one step ahead of Scotty’s murderous plan. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Alma Ramos-McDermott, Weymouth, MA