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Tony Johnston

Biography

Tony Johnston

Tony Johnston

Books by Tony Johnston

by Tony Johnston and MarĂ­a Elena Fontanot de Rhoads - Adventure, Coming of Age, Culture, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Twelve-year-old Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a “beast rider” --- someone who hops on a train. The first time he tries, he is stopped by the Mexican police, who arrest and beat him. When he tries again, he is attacked by a Mexican gang and left for dead. Villagers clothe and feed him, help him find work and eventually help boost him back onto the train. When he finally arrives in LA and is reunited with his brother, he is elated. But the longer he’s there, the more he realizes that something isn’t right. 

written by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Wendell Minor