CDN$ 12.95
US$ 12.95
UK£ 7.95
Series: Young Adult Novel
Publication Year: February 2014
ISBN: 9781896580951
Age Group: 13 and up
Book Cover: Paperback


After losing her parents, 14-year-old Victoria and her young twin brothers move in with their aunt. But shortly afterward, her aunt’s boyfriend attempts to assault her, and she runs away and learns to survive on the dangerous streets of Paraná, Argentina. Encountering a world of street kids, gangs and drug dealers, Victoria overcomes deprivation and great hardship. With the help of newly found friends and her single-minded determination to survive, she carves out a new life for herself and her little brothers.


Nominated for Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize (BC Book Prizes 2014)


“Argentinean-born writer Goldemberg captures the colorful and dangerous atmosphere of street life in Paraná, Argentina, in this story of grace under pressure. … Goldemberg’s image-rich prose is almost painterly … Spanish vocabulary and translated song lyrics provide cultural verisimilitude.”

Publishers Weekly, February 2014


“Victoria’s persistence in overcoming her circumstances and her ability to maintain her own values and beliefs in the face of such adversity create an uplifting message. Goldemberg provides this message without being unrealistic with a ‘rags to riches’ type of story. In addition, readers will have a better understanding of the realities of the life of street kids. Recommended.”

CM Reviews, January 2014


“It’s not exactly a fairy tale ending, but the righteousness of the central character is validated. She had risen beyond the status of innocent victim and taken control of her life, nourished by hope and persistence.”

BC BookWorld, December 2013


“Goldemberg’s … hard-hitting plot moves quickly. There’s no authorial moralizing; readers must find their own message. Rated G (Good).”

—Resource Links, Vol. 19.2


“An amazing story of the resiliency of a young girl being abused and living in poverty in Argentina! … I think this book is an excellent way to show young women that they can be true survivors when bad things happen to them. I recommend this for middle school and high school libraries.”

truebooktalks, June 2014

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