Santa Claus and Little SisterHot
Lupe, a petit beautiful Mexican 12-year-old girl, identified only by the alias assigned to her by the FBI, is suddenly missing from the Los Angeles placement center, leaving only her most cherished possession behind, a self-made book of poems, photography and artwork entitled “To Santa Claus and Little Sisters”. Lupe’s confidential file reveals that has she been struggling with suicidal thoughts and attempts for years. Little Lupe also has a contract on her life placed by her own incarcerated parents. Her brother is an active gang member with the notorious Mexican Espinoza cartel from Tijuana that specializes in child trafficking and ransom kidnappings. Refusing to accept the hypothesis that Lupe ran away on her own free will, risks would have to be taken by a young naive Boston-born teacher - including the recruitment of his most dangerous student, Chata. Seventeen-year-old Chata, a bold and controlling overweight active member of the Baby Locas Division of the 18th Street Gang in South LA, struggles between two opposing worlds and purposely brings both together in the back alleys of Los Angeles one moonless night. Both would have to question their belief system many times in order to survive when circumstances were not in their favor. To these young catalysts, Chata and Lupe, I am forever grateful for the spark that you ignited in me, for any real survivor characteristics that I possess are due to you.
And lastly, to all the young girls that I have had the honor to work with, who like Anonymous, unfortunately committed suicide - I want you to know that you are dearly loved and missed.
You changed my life.
Thank you girls.
In your honor, I have shared our story in “Santa Claus and Little Sister”
"[This book] is autobiographical in nature, selfishly therapeutic in design, and hard proof that we cannot control our future regardless how hard we try. He discovers that truth often becomes lies, moral transforms into immoral, and fear builds knowledge."
Galleycat (Mediabistro) - Jan. 12, 2012
"The highly well-written text conveys Dr. Snow's often self-endangering activities as he involves himself in the lives of his students to protect them as well as ensure them a good education....this wonderful memoir of a truly gifted special education teacher." Alice D. - Readers' Favorite - Top Choice Award 2012
"Wow, I don't even know what to write, an amazing read for everyone! Very great ... hard to put down book!!" - Goodreads Sept. 16th, 2012
"This story was full of surprises.... It's a modern day story, very real feeling and funny, too. - Expert Amazon Breakthrough Novel Reviewer 2012
"This is a quick read and feels like a memoir/biography. Very entertaining and interesting....I liked the story.." - Expert Amazon Breakthrough Novel Reviewer 2012