‘The Beast’ moves and changes lives

January 7, 2016
(Photo credit: Peter Haden/Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo credit: Peter Haden/Wikimedia Commons)

In No-Name Baby, adoption becomes part of the story. In reality, some children face danger before finding new lives in new places.

La Bestia, or “The Beast,” is a nickname for trains carrying immigrants to the U.S. border. Imagine riding not in, but atop, a train.

Two books stand out. White Rabbits (Groundwood Books) is a good introduction to the harrowing journey. Young adult readers would connect with Enrique’s Journey (Ember Books).

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...