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Red Midnight Library Binding – May 2002

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Other (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060012285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060012281
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 390 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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Grade 5-9-When soldiers burn his Guatemalan village and kill his family, 12-year-old Santiago escapes with his 4-year-old sister, Angelina. Following the instructions of his dying uncle, he makes his way to Lake Izabal, where he takes his uncle's small sailing canoe and begins a terrifying journey north and across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida. The siblings face starvation and dehydration; lack of sleep; strong sun, wind, and waves; and their own fears and sorrows to win their game of Staying Alive. The present-tense narrative suggests the speech of someone whose first language is not English, and Santiago's first-person account makes the adventure even more immediate. The opening scene is memorable, as the burning of the village turns the night sky red. However, the necessary flashback to explain how a mountain boy learned rudimentary sailing and the almost unbelievable details of the children's trip between their village and their uncle's home give readers pause, rather than pulling them into the suspense of the story. At times, the anger in the author's message almost overwhelms the action. "The rich have no conscience," their uncle's friend says. The first Americans they encounter call them "stinking boat people" and tell them to go away from their private beach club. In an afterword, the author explains that the soldiers who massacred villagers were armed by the U.S. government as part of our fight against communism. Thus, we share the blame for such atrocities. In spite of the heavy-handed message, readers who persevere through the first third of the book will be rewarded with a terrific survival story.
Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Fans who expect a gripping tale of overcoming dangers, will not be disappointed.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A terrific survival story.” (School Library Journal)

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By A Customer on Nov. 12 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the book I read Red Midnight by Ben Mikaelsen, a young boy and a young girl's whole life is destroyed right before their eyes. They must flee on a kayak across the Gulf of Mexico to the United States or they would most certainly lose their lives too. At the ages of 4 and 12 will they die crossing the gulf? Or maybe they'll starve. You'll have to read this book to find out what happens to these two unfortunate young children. Ben Mikaelsen uses an exciting plot with extraordinary descriptions and characterizations that lets the reader get to know the characters better than most stories. I enjoyed the exhilarating plot, real life characterizations, and detailed descriptions of Red Midnight.
One example of why I enjoyed this book was the edge-of-your-seat plot. As soon as I opened the book and read just the first few lines I knew this book would be hard to set down. Right away the book starts with an onslaught of soldiers maliciously terrorizing and murdering the entire town. Yet a little boy and a little girl escape barely holding onto their lives. Then, in a mere kayak, they set out into the Gulf of Mexico and sail towards America. Facing incredible odds they have no idea if they will make it to America alive. Every storm was brought into play as a threat to the young children's life. Their lives were in the untrusting hand of luck. This is just a brief summary! The plot was so exciting I honestly had to force myself to put the book away or I would never get any sleep!
Another reason I enjoyed the book was the life-like characterizations. I loved the perky little sister that seemed to think her whole entire life revolved around a game. I know a couple of people that are exactly like this, and it just amuses me when an author makes the characters have life-like personalities.
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Format: Hardcover
My class and I went to the libary to get books. I think I got the best book. The name of the book is Red Midnight. It was written by Ben Mikaelsen.
The book is about a twelve year old boy, named Santiago. Santiago lived in a small village in Guatamala, with his family.
One night soldiers burned his village. Santiago woke up to the sounds of his mothers crys. "go, take your sister and run. Go as far as you can, and tell the story of what you have seen tonight!" Santiago took his sister and ran. He spotted his uncle (who had come for a visit), already shot and dying. His uncle tells him to take the cayuco( a kayak ) and sail to the United States os America. Yet, the cayuco is at his Uncle's house. Santiago has about a ten hour journey. He has to be fast and keep out of site.
Once Santiago and his sister reach the cayuco, they face a long journeyout on the open sea.Many things can go wrong. Santiago knows that one mistake could kill him and his sister. Santiago learns that the sea does not forgive.
Red Midnight is the kind of book were you always want to know what will happen next. I liked Red Midnight because you couldn't guess what was going to happen next in the book. Everything comes as a complete surprise0. When I looked at the cover of the book I thought that Red Midnight was going to be about sailing a kayak during a storm. Well I guess It's true, you can't judge a book by it's cover.
This was the best adventure book! santiago and his little sister are always at the verge of dying. this is what makes this book exciting.Santiago and his sister through many obstacles while on their journey to the United States of America.One failed obstacles could mess up everything.
The book was written in the perspective of Santiago. Santiago tells a story about his past.
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Format: Hardcover
Red Midnight is a wonderful book. It is full of adventure. if you are someone who can't read a book if you don't get interesnted within the first chapter, this will be a great book for you.
Santiago watches his family and his village be burned to the ground by soldiers of Guatemala. Santiago is only ten years old. He escapes with his four year old sister, Angelina. His uncle tells him to sail his cayuco across the ocean and tell the United States what has happened. Santiago and Angelina first have to find their Uncle's house without being seen. when they finally arrive, their Uncle's friend gives them food supplies and helps them into the water. He tells them not to be seen, to watch for pirates and they should arrive to the United States within about 20 days. After the 22 day on the ocean, they are too weak to move, there is no land in sight, and they have no more food.
If you want to know what happens in the end, read this book. Share Santiago, and Angelina's adventure across the ocean.
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Format: Paperback
The book the Red Midnight By Ben Mikaelsen is about a 12 year old boy named Santiago and a 4 year old girl named Angelina, who's village in Dos Vias, Guatemala, was burnt to the ground and the people in it murdered be for there eyes, by the solders and the gorilla war fare. Then they are forced in to going to the United States to tell them of the horrible things that have been happening Guatemala. When they finely reach the open ocean, with help from a friend named Enriqua. They are faced with many obstacles be for reaching there goal.
This book was really great. It shows how fortunate we are to be living in the US. It is a book that I would highly recommend.
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