By Tom Pow
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596432017, 192pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
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Martin and his family are enjoying a sun-filled vacation on a beautiful Caribbean island--until they are stopped at gunpoint, blindfolded, and bundled into a truck that heads for the dense forest of the island's interior. Pushed to their physical and emotional limits as they are forced deeper into the wild terrain, the hostages come to understand something of the harsh political backdrop of life on sunny Santa Clara, and the events that have shaped the lives of their captors and fueled their actions.
Tom Pow is the author of four books of poetry, three radio plays, a travel book about Peru, three picture books, and two previous novels for young adults, Scabbit Isle, and The Pack, the latter published by Roaring Brook Press in Spring, 2006. It is currently receiving exceptional reviews, including a starred one in Booklist that called it "Unforgettable...truly an edge-of-the-chair read." He lives in Dumfries, Scotland.