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Santiago's Road Home

by Pratt, June R - MAD 08 000

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Santiagos
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By Alexandra Dias
Introduction of Characters
Santiago
Santiago is a young teenage boy that has lived from place to place with different relatives. His grandmother "La Malvada" as he calls her, made a large impact on his life. She was extremely abusive towards him which ends up affecting him through out his life. Santiago is a boy who has never felt at home and has never felt wanted. Once Santiago was kicked out of his Aunts house instead of going back to his grandmother he left and went on a journey to find somewhere he could find a new life that he could be wanted and loved. On pg. 37 the book states "this time on the bus he was traveling far, far away. If that wasn't a reason to smile, he doesn't know what was." This quote highlights how much Santiago wanted to get away from his family and find a better start. Some of Santiago's virtues I think would be being protective, caring, persistent, and stubborn because he never gives up easily and never stops trying.
Introduction of Characters
Maria
Maria Dolores and her daughter Alegria met Santiago on his way to find somewhere to live. Maria and Alegria where on their way to el otro lado. "Maria Dolores insisted on buying him a new hat, t-shirt, and a pair of jeans as well as the shoes." on pg.#35 reveals that they are kind and trustworthy people to Santiago. Maria Dolores agrees to take Santiago with them on their travels across the border. Maria along with Santiago is a very protective, caring, giving, and helpful person.
TIMELINE OF SANTIAGO'S JOURNEY
Santiago decides to leave his abusive grandmother's house and is now on his own
Santiago, Maria and Alegria travel to Capaz, where they meet Dominguez and hire him to take them to el otro lado (meaning 'the other side' of the border)
A car shoots them off the road and they crash. Dominguez dies.
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Santiago meets Maria and Alegria at a food truck and decides he wants to go to the U.S.
They leave for the border with Dominguez
"'Oye, chico. C'mere and share this plate.' the woman at the table beckoned him with her plastic fork." - pg 19
By: June
"'I can't say anything for sure.' She went through her notes. 'Ideally, I'd like to get you into foster care.'" - pg 217
After nearly dying from heat and dehydration, Maria goes to the hospital while Santiago and Alegria are sent to a detention center and separated
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Santiago has his interview and begins to consider his possible futures. He hopes to get into foster care.
Santiago, Maria, and Alegria set out for the border on foot
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After spending weeks in the detention center, Santiago finds out that Maria has already gotten Alegria out and he is alone
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It turns out Maria hadn't forgotten about him after all, and after 6 months in the detention center, Maria and Alegria finally come to take Santiago home.
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"They'd forgotten about him. After everything, they'd chosen to leave him behind." - pg 196
By: June
HURDLES AND BARRIERS THAT SANTIAGO FACES
SEPARATION
Two big arms grabbed him from behind, wrenching loose Santiago's hold on Alegria. the officer broke Alegria's grip from round his neck, causing him to choke as she accidentally pressed against his throat. 'Santi!' she called one last time before they passed through the heavy, windowed door. It clicked shut without another sound." - page 143-144.
This quote demonstrates how families can be forcefully separated once they make it to the detention center on the other side of the border. this was a very difficult barrier for Santiago because he made a promise to himself to protect Alegria, but he had no choice in them being separated an spends a long time trying to find out where she is.
By: June
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