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The secret language of prairie dogs / James Villanueva.

Villanueva, James, (author.).


"Seventeen-year-old Santos Ramos is a curandero--Latinx shaman--living in a desolate West Texas. When a mute boy crosses the border through a sinister smuggler, Santos finds himself fascinated by the voiceless teen. Santos craves a more traditional high school life of parties, studying for the SATs, and writing for the school blog, but he was born with el don--the gift. People come to him for spiritual healing. Like his past Aztec roots, though, asking God for healing comes with the sacrifices of fevered charms, personal objects, snake venom, and even the blood of animals ... Sixteen-year-old Dulcero Lopez and his younger sister emigrate from Honduras after witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, causing him to have aphasia and lose the ability to speak. The two head north to the USA, where Dulcero is separated from her by ICE. Voiceless Dulcero is sent to live with his abusive uncle, Juan, who is a coyote and who he cannot pay for bringing him over. His only way out of this hell and to be reunited with his little sister is through the healing hands of Santos"--Page 4 of cover.

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  • ISBN: 9781957864471
  • ISBN: 1957864478
  • Physical Description: xiv, 221 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Lubbock, Texas : Wild Lark Books, [2023]
Subject: Teenage boys > Juvenile fiction.
Mexican American teenagers > Juvenile fiction.
Healers > Juvenile fiction.
Mute persons > Juvenile fiction.
Gay teenagers > Juvenile fiction.
Immigrants > United States > Juvenile fiction.
Hondurans > United States > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Psychic trauma > Juvenile fiction.
Identity (Psychology) > Juvenile fiction.
Texas, West > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Gay fiction.

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District. (Show)
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