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Returning to her homeland of Santiago, Chile, is the last thing that Tina Aguilar wants to do during the summer of her sixteenth birthday. It has taken eight years for her to feel comfort and security in America with her mother and her new husband. And it has been eight years since she has last seen her father.

Despite insisting on the visit, Tina's father spends all his time focused on politics and alcohol rather than connecting with Tina, making his betrayal from the past continue into the present. Tina attracts the attention of a mysterious stranger, but the hairpin turns he takes her on may push her over the edge of truth and discovery.

The tense, final months of the Pinochet regime in 1989 provide the backdrop for author Lyn Miller-Lachmann's suspenseful tale of the survival and redemption of the Aguilar family, first introduced in the critically acclaimed Gringolandia.

about Lyn Miller-Lachmann

  • Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the author of Gringolndia (a 2010 ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and Rogue. She has an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin. She is the former editor of MultiCultural Review, and has taught English, social studies, and Jewish studies. She is the assistant host of Vientos del Pueblo, a bilingual radio show featuring Latin American and Spanish music, poetry, and history. She grew up in Houston and currently lives in Albany, NY, with her family.

reviews

“Smooth dialogue, a quick pace, and palpable suspense combine to make a compelling read…. A riveting story of love and acceptance amid a tumultuous political landscape.
—Kirkus Reviews

“[F]or collections in need of literature with Hispanic protagonists and historical time periods not often covered in schools.”
—School Library Journal

“[I]ntriguingly multilayered.”
—Booklist

While Surviving Santiago is a companion novel to Gringolandia (Curbstone, 2009), it can be read as a standalone. The setting in Chile creates a tense atmosphere for this historical fiction novel.
—VOYA

other editions

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762456352
    Pub date: 06/02/2015 | Price: 12.99 Canada/$9.99
    320 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / General
  • Hardcover | ISBN 9780762456338
    Pub date: 06/02/2015 | Price: 20.99 Canada/$16.95
    320 Pages
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
    JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Dating & Sex

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