The Only Road Reading Group Guide

This Reading Group Guide for The Only Road will help students appreciate the intricacies of this harrowing story of immigrant teens fleeing the violence of their native Guatemala. The incisive Discussion Questions can be used as writing prompts, story-starters, or narrative journaling opportunities. The extension activities include opportunities for students to create art, music and map-related projects.
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The Only Road
Alexandra Diaz

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this gripping and realistic middle grade novel. Jaime is sitting on his bed drawing when he hears a scream. Instantly, he knows: Miguel, his cousin and best friend, is dead. Everyone in Jaime’s small town in Guatemala knows someone who has been killed by the Alphas, a powerful gang that’s known for violence and drug trafficking. Anyone who refuses to work for them is hurt or killed—like Miguel. With Miguel gone, Jaime fears that he is next. There’s only one choice: accompanied by his cousin Ángela, Jaime must flee his home to live with his older brother in New Mexico. Inspired by true events, The Only Road is an individual story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance for a better life. It is a story of fear and bravery, love and loss, strangers becoming family, and one boy’s treacherous and life-changing journey.

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