Frances Temple: Grab Hands and Run


Description of the novel

Grab Hands and Run is a story about a flight from El Salvador and the difficult political situation there. The twelve-year-old protagonist Felipe, his younger sister Romy and their mother leave home because the father has disappeared. The family had decided earlier to meet in Canada again, in case the father had to flee. But before they meet again, there is the long dangerous journey from El Salvador to Guatemala via Mexico and across the USA to Canada. The children have to learn how to behave in order not to provoke government officials. Missing their father, they realize how prescious it is to have a home and to live together as a family. Grab Hands and Run: A story of tolerance, hopes, fears, anger, and love.
 

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Facts about the author

Frances Temple grew up in Virginia, France, and Vietnam. Grab Hands and Run is her second book. She has written two other critically acclaimed books for young people: Taste of Salt: A story of modern Haiti, winner of the 1993 Jane Addams Children's book award; and The Ramsay Scallop, a tale of pilgrimages and romance set in medieval England, France, and Spain.
Ms. Temple lives in upstate New York with her husband and three children and teaches primary school.

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