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Twelve-year-old Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a “beast rider” - someone who hops on a train. The first time he tries, he is stopped by the Mexican police, who arrest and beat him. When he tries again, he is attacked by a Mexican gang and left for dead. 

Just when Manuel is ready to turn back, he finds new hope. Villagers clothe and feed him, help him find work, and eventually boost him back onto the train. When he finally arrives in LA and is reunited with his brother, he is elated. But the longer he's there, the more he realizes that something isn't right. 

Thrilling and heartfelt, Beast Rider is a coming-of-age story that reveals how a place and its people help to define you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781799708254
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than 100 children’s books. She lives with her family in San Marino, California. Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoads is a Mexican psychotherapist who specializes in childhood trauma. She lives in Mérida, Mexico.

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Beast Rider 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade 6 months ago
The book is based around a young boy who travels to America from his small town in Mexico by riding on a train. This boy’s goal is to travel across the US Mexico border to be with his older brother who had made the journey years before. The boy must go through many hardships on his journey. His suffering leads him to many great realizations and new views on life. In the end he makes very important decisions that greatly change his whole life. The book is well written but is not my style of book. I would recommend this book to people who are interested in the lives of illegal immigrants and want to know about how they work hard to get a better life in a new country. This was an interesting book, and even if not my personal favorite, I would still recommend it to anyone interested in this topic. Review by Bolden B, age 17, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
Holly More than 1 year ago
I had this book read in just about two hours and it left me happy but totally confused in the end for how this story ends. You have twelve year old Manual who wants nothing more than to be with his older brother in the United States but Manual is in Mexico. He knows the journey will be hard but he never imagined how hard it would be to get to the states. For what happens to Manual on the train, the authors did a fantastic job on showing the horrors of that journey without scaring you away from this story. But that's when it gets totally confusing for me. For everything that Manual went through to have it end the way it did just made me wonder, why did they have a young boy go on this very hard journey of dealing with corrupted cops and cartels to end the way it did. Y'all just need to read this book to see what I'm talking about. Even though the bad ending, I would still re-read this story for the message it kinda sends to never give up on your dreams even if it costs you everything. Thank You to Tony Johnston & Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads for this good read that makes me wonder what is next from y'all!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher!