Beast Rider (Hardcover)

By Tony Johnston, María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419733635, 176pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
MP3 CD (6/4/2019)

List Price: 17.99*
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About the Author

Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 children’s books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California.


Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoads is a Mexican psychotherapist who specializes in childhood trauma. She lives in Mérida, Mexico.


Praise For Beast Rider

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Like the chugging of The Beast, Johnston's poetic prose permeates Manuel's journey and gives a steady rhythm to the story even as Oaxaca-based psychotherapist and translator Fontanot de Rhoads provides details to ground it . . . A beautiful, visceral plunge into the perils that the train-jumping migrant brotherhood experiences."

— Kirkus Reviews

**STARRED REVIEW**
"Johnston (Bone by Bone by Bone) and de Rhoads (a psychotherapist and debut author) offer a sympathetic, illuminating portrait of the challenges faced by one undocumented immigrant."

— Publishers Weekly

"This does not shy away from the brutal realities of Manuel’s journey, but it also glories in the kindness and love of strangers, giving this harrowing story a balance of fear and hope . . . A tough yet hopeful immigration story."

— Booklist

"A reflective look at the perils of migration and the powerful, competing calls of family and homeland."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[Beast Rider] reads like one long poem.”

— Susan Goldman Rubin

Beast Rider, like the best in literature, begs to be read again and again.”

— Lisa Krieger, retired head of Children's Services, San Luis Obispo County Library

"This story feels personal and real; it does not romanticize or try to fully tackle the complex issue of immigration. Manuel narrates in a frank, unflinching manner, using a well-crafted combination of short, abrupt thoughts and longer descriptive sentences. Spanish words and phrases are woven expertly throughout the narrative."

— School Library Journal