I Am a Taxi (Colacero Novels #1)

 
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I Am a Taxi (Colacero Novels #1)
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August 31, 2006
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0888997361
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For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is the San Sebastian Women’s Prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government’s war on drugs. Diego’s adjusted to his new life. His parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother’s hand-knitted goods, and to work as a "taxi”, running errands for other prisoners. But then his little sister runs away, earning his mother a heavy fine. The debt and dawning realization of his hopeless situation make him vulnerable to his friend Mando’s plan to make big money, fast. Soon, Diego is deep in the jungle, working as a virtual slave in an illegal cocaine operation. As his situation becomes more and more dangerous, he knows he must take a terrible risk if he ever wants to see his family again.

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I am a Taxi was... well, it gave me a insight of what has and might and will happen to the world. There are people in this world that are just not as lucky as me. I am Taxi is a story about a boy named Diego who loves in the Saint Sebastien's prison for women with his mother, who was falsely accused of selling coco that can be made into the drug cocaine, along with his father who is in the Saint Sebastien's prison for men. Diego's best friend, Mando, finds an opportunity for them to make loads of money. They slowly realize that they will not get paid in their job of making cocaine in the jungle and that the men who employed them are just using them. Diego learns about death when someone important to him dies, he escapes and finds another family.
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