A Sunburned Prayer

Eloy loves his grandmother, who is dying of cancer, because she alone makes him feel special. If he can make a 17-mile walk to the shrine of the Santauria de Chimayo on Good Friday, surely she will not die. Talbert manages to make compelling a novel consisting mainly of interior monologues: Eloy's feelings — his fears and his anger with and love for his family — occupy him as he walks through the hot New Mexican countryside. By the journey's end, Eloy's understanding of God, death, and dogs (a stray joins the pilgrimage) has matured more than one day's worth. — Booklist

Age Level: 12-14
Publisher: Aladdin
Book Theme: Journeys