Were you shocked to find out the kids were leaving Mexico to go the United States with their Dad? How did you feel when you were reading Chapter 20 about their journey? What do you predict may happen to them in the United States? Make predictions for Part II and the ending of the book.
When Mago is selling quesadillas at one of the food stands near the train, she gets onto the train as it is leaving and Reyna cannot find her. Reyna realizes that "it would be so easy" for her to "leave this place and not come back" (118). Describe Reyna's relationship with her sister Mago, and discuss why Mago feels responsible for Reyna.
Discuss Tio Crece's character and what impact he his on Carlos. Why do you think Carlos is drawn to him? How do you feel about the importance of children having strong role models? Is this a problem for children today?
Do you think Mami loves her children? Discuss. How would you feel if you were one of the children? Would you have the ability at a young age to sympathize with your mother's needs? Explain.
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