Journey of Dreams

Journey of Dreams For the peaceful highlanders of Guatemala life has become a nightmare Helicopters slash like machetes through the once quiet air Soldiers patrol the streets hunting down suspected guerillas Villager

  • Title: Journey of Dreams
  • Author: Marge Pellegrino
  • ISBN: 9781847800619
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For the peaceful highlanders of Guatemala, life has become a nightmare Helicopters slash like machetes through the once quiet air Soldiers patrol the streets, hunting down suspected guerillas Villagers mysteriously disappear and children are recruited as soldiers Tomasa s family is growing increasingly desperate, especially after Mama goes into hiding with Tomasa s oldFor the peaceful highlanders of Guatemala, life has become a nightmare Helicopters slash like machetes through the once quiet air Soldiers patrol the streets, hunting down suspected guerillas Villagers mysteriously disappear and children are recruited as soldiers Tomasa s family is growing increasingly desperate, especially after Mama goes into hiding with Tomasa s oldest brother Finally, after their house is razed to the ground and the villagers massacred, Tomasa, Manuelito, and baby Maria set off with Papa on a perilous journey to find Mama and Carlos, only to discover that where one journey ends, another begins This gripping novel tells the story of how Tomasa s family survives the Guatemalan army s brutal regime and how, in the midst of tragedy, their love and loyalty and Papa s storytelling keeps them going on their harrowing journey as refugees to the United States Mirrored in the tapestries of Tomasa s dreams, the dramatic events of the Guatemalan army s scorched earth campaign of the 1980s are tempered with hope and the generosity of the human spirit.

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    1. Marge Pellegrino

      Pellegrino has been active in the Sanctuary Movement for ten years, working to provide safe havens to refugees from around the world Her beautiful story about Central American culture and turmoil has received multiple starred reviews.

    615 thoughts on “Journey of Dreams”

    1. This book definitely opened my eyes. Often, I had to reread because I had no background knowledge!!! This heart wrenching book tells the horrors of the genocide in Guatemla in 1984 and brings to life the question when to stand up for your beliefs. This would be a great historical fiction book to use for fifth-eighth graders although background information would be needed to support their understanding.


    2. I loved this book for many reasons. For one, the story starts in 1984 and is about a girl, Tomasa who is around 14 years of age, which is around the age I was in 1984. I kept thinking through-out the book how I was enjoying so many luxuries at 14 that these people didn’t even know existed. I was clueless as to what the Guatemalan refugees were experiencing at that time. My life and Tomasa’s life were so very different and it made me stop and ponder. The Guatemalan government were burning vil [...]


    3. This is Tomasa's story and how she and what's left of her family must try to escape from the Guatemalan army. They must journey far, sometimes retracing their steps, when things go awry. They must hide who they are and be careful who they trust. Their father tells them stories to help them get to sleep after hard days of many miles. All they want is the quiet refuge of the United states and a reunion with the others of their family.I really appreciated this book and am very glad I signed up to r [...]



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    5. After spending the last month working on projects around the violence in Juárez and the disappearances and torture in Pinochet's Chile, I have to admit, I wasn't sure I was up for reading Journey of Dreams. While all the reviews were quite positive, every time I read the synopsis I'd start to feel the dread of one more incredibly depressing story that I was going to have to immerse myself in. I managed to talk myself out of starting it a number of times. Eventually I ran out of time, our book g [...]


    6. After spending the last month working on projects around the violence in Juárez and the disappearances and torture in Pinochet’s Chile, I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was up for reading Journey of Dreams. While all the reviews were quite positive, every time I read the synopsis I’d start to feel the dread of one more incredibly depressing story that I was going to have to immerse myself in. I managed to talk myself out of starting it a number of times. Eventually I ran out of time, our [...]


    7. Some novel are written from the heart: they sing with emotion and paint a picture on your soul. Journey of Dreams is just such a novel. Set in 1984, Pellegrino tells the story of Tomasa, a young Mayan girl, who must flee from her small village in the Guatemalan mountains during the Guatemalan army's "scorched earth" campaign.Tomasa lives with her family high in the Guatemalan mountains, in a native Quiché Maya village. They are a close-knit family, working the fields, going to the village schoo [...]


    8. Lisa TetreauMs. BurrLanguage Arts26, September, 2016Journey of DreamsMarge Pellegrino’s book begins in Guatemala in 1984, where Tomasa and her family live all together in their Hut. Tomasa’s family is composed of her Abuela who cooks Tamales all day and prepares medicines with herbs that Manuelito (Thomas's brother) recollects for her. Next, Papa who is Tomasa's Dad. He works in a field collecting frijoles (black beans) and elote (corn), and every night he tells a different story to the four [...]


    9. Tomasa and her family live in the Highlands of Guatemala in 1984. She and her mother weave garments to sell at the market, and her father and brothers farm. When her mother makes an offhand remark about chemicals being sprayed by airplanes making the children sick, the soldiers who have been causing problems target the family. When Carlos is very nearly taken away by soldiers with an older neighbor boy, the mother decides to flee with him. Tomasa, her father, grandmother and two younger siblings [...]


    10. This heartbreaking story is about genocide in Guatemala, and those that escape as refugees. This book is recommended for tweens, and their parents as it covers issues I don't think either group are aware of.Reading it out loud makes the story flow better for me. The work's tone of voice is one reason I would recommend it to parents to read out loud to their children. The words are straight-ahead descriptive, and easier for me to understand when heard aloud.I especially enjoyed the dreams portion [...]


    11. Tomasa and her family make the frightening, dangerous journey from their oppressed Guatemalan village through Mexico and on to the United States, relying only on the kindness of strangers, hope, and each other. This story had so much heart. Tweens are fast developing a sense of empathy, of purpose, of global awareness. This text is a perfect gem to feed this development. I suspect those who read the back matter describing the real life situation in the 1980s will be outraged that the U.S. did so [...]


    12. This was an emotional read for me. I have taught ESOL students for years. I’ve had students from all over the world who have had to flee because of political and religious reasons. This is the story of Tomasa and her family’s struggle for survival. When a plane sprays chemicals over their fields and people begin to get sick Tomasa’s mother speaks out. This begins the threats against their family. Her mother and older brother are the first to flee to keep him from being drafted. When soldie [...]


    13. I hold this book at a very special place in my heart as I have worked extensively with the refugee population in Tucson and have heard very similar stories of many of the people I have met. I also have volunteered with Owl and Panther, the non-profit, the author, Marge, is the director. Marge is extremely inspiring and her enthusiasm and love for writing is easy to find inspiration with. This is an excellent book for young adults to read to learn about the personal journey that a young person wi [...]


    14. TW: War, violence, child soldiers. This novel begins as 13-year-old Mayan Tomasa’s village is destroyed by a Guatemalan military regime. Tomasa and her family must then flee across Guatemala and through Mexico to become refugees in the United States. As many students may be unfamiliar with the Guatemalan Civil War of the 1980’s, this text may provide students with important information and insights into this historical event. Likewise, as the text deals with the native Mayan population, it i [...]


    15. Part historical novel and part adventure story, this is story takes a harrowing journey and tells it with surprising gentleness, in the way middle grade fiction is so good at. Tomasa is forced to flee her Guatemalan village in the mid-1980s and journey to the United States, crossing two borders and facing numerous hardships.Genuinely moving, and along the way it gives some background into the Tucson-based Sanctuary movement, the echoes of which are still a part of Tucson and its politics today.B [...]


    16. This was an interesting book to read. It was crazy to think about people living like they did in 1985, with no running water, no electricity etc. I deeply admired their trust and strength. I cannot imagine walking as far as they did, the whole time being terrified for my life. It made me really reexamine some of my feelings about immigrants to our country, especially in light of all that is going on in Arizona.


    17. A great subject for a kids' book. The story of Tomasa and her family, who had to flee their village in the Guatemalan highland during the civil war in the 1980's. More focus is put on Tomasa and her family's experiences than any kind of social or historical commentary. But, I was a little bored with the story, the characters didn't come alive for me, and I can see why Maren had a hard time staying interested in it.


    18. When I first saw the cover I suspected this would be a book that I would like, and I'm so bummed that the cover is not showing up on GoodReads but if you hop over to JacketFlap, jacketflap/bookdetail or , you can see the lovely art. This beautifully written story about 13 year old Tomasa and her family during the Guatemalan scorch the earth campaign in the early 80s is gripping and full of truth. I hope young readers find this book.


    19. Loved, loved, loved this book. It's really hard to write about trauma and horror and horrendous social injustices in a way that is hopeful and honest. This book does that. The teenage Tomasa's story and voice are riveting and lovely and so painful. You can tell that Marge Pellegrino has spent years and years talking, working, writing with, and loving the children of refugees who inspired _Journey of Dreams_.


    20. This was a really heartfelt account of the massacres that have occurred in the Guatemala/El Salvador areas. It is told from the point of view of a thirteen year-old girl. She tells what she and her family go through to find a "safe place."


    21. This book is not that very expected kind of book that stays good the whole time. This book is very serious and sad book about how a little girl's life changes as well as her refugee family. I really recommend this book because after reading this book, " refugee" is much more than just a word.


    22. A family struggles to escape Guatemala during the mid-eighties. Told through the POV of a 12-13 year old girl over the course of a year. Her dreams weave in and out of the story itself. Interesting and touching.


    23. Jane Addams honor book. Set in the 1980s during civil unrest in Guatemala, a family escapes to Mexico and eventually to America. Traumatizing, heartfelt account of being an immigrant always on the run. Pretty incredible.


    24. This was an excellent book written by a friend of mine. Marge wrote an extremely believable story and taught me a lot about what the Guatemalan Highlanders go through as refugees to the United States. I wanted to learn more about them and didn't want the book to end! I highly recommend it!


    25. Guatemalan refuge experience told in hope-filled voice of young narrator, Tomasa. Marge Pellegrino is poetic in her 1980's fictional account.




    26. Oh dear. Books that make me cry. I do not like them. An inspiring story which makes me realise how lucky I am to live where I do.


    27. Rich, vivid details of the Guatemalan jungle and seamlessly woven folktales bring this compelling story to life for young readers.


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