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The author of the book: Kevin Kiely
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 579 KB
Edition: O'Brien Press
Date of issue: October 1st 2005
ISBN: 0862789079
ISBN 13: 9780862789077

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Not your average young adult book, this tale of travel and culture clash also manages to alert young people to some evils of the drug trade.

Pepe is a kid in a village in Colombia, South America. He tells us right away that he came to live in Ireland because he has an Irish father. But the story starts when his father leaves the commune and his mother then raises Pepe to do the farming work. The jungle is close around them and the village is isolated, a mix of people and one generator and computer. Pepe has friends his own age but he loves a golden horse called El Dorado.

Violent drug gangs come and shoot up the commune, and after a little while of such turbulence Pepe's mother decides she will leave and go with her son to a city where her mother lives. So we leave the primitive isolated life and Pepe has to say goodbye to his fine horse. Travel also has its hazards, including other drug gangs and plain bandits. The city is not an easy life as they need to work at basic kitchen jobs. Eventually Pepe's grandparents in Ireland hear the situation and pay his fare to visit them. Pepe once more gets a chance to be with horses and he hopes to gain work with them.

Mainly we get a good sense of place and we can ask ourselves what we make of the wandering father, off in Canada trying to sell his music, or the grandparents willing to take in a boy they have never met. We can consider the terror of the drug gangs and vulnerability of unarmed farmers. Pepe comes across as stoic and brave, not told very much by adults and trying to swap from Spanish to English. To me it seems possible that some of this is based on a true story, or a composite of such stories.

I strongly recommend parental supervision for pre-teen readers.

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Ebook A Horse Called El Dorado read Online! Kevin Kiely has had several collections of poetry published, had plays broadcast on RTE and is engaged in literary journalism and editing. He has received Literature Bursary Awards from the Irish Arts Council, and is Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa.


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