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The Maldonado Miracle

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Gripping story of Mexican boy who migrates to U.S. alone.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Bad book

horible BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! was borring to read

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The story is interesting and at times exciting, and José is a likable and noble hero, though from start to finish he remains a two-dimensional character. The author does attempt to have him gain more confidence at the end, but it seems to come from nowhere. When it was first published in 1973 the allusions about pedophilia may have gone over children's heads, but they are unlikely to now, which makes the book a better choice for kids 12 and up.

Award-winning author Theodore Taylor is perhaps best known for The Cay, a rich and complex novel during which the main character grows and changes dramatically. The Maldonado Miracle is considerably simpler, a straightforward, though gripping, story without much subtlety or character development.

Book Details

  • Author: Theodore Taylor
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
  • Publication date: August 27, 2003
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 167
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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