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I Am A Taxi

Ellis, Deborah (Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I Am A Taxi
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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.
Authors: Ellis, Deborah, 1960-
Title: I am a taxi
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2006
Statement of Responsibility: by Deborah Ellis
ISBN: 9780888997364
9780888997357
0888997361
0888997353
Branch Call Number: y ELLIS
Subject Headings: Bolivia Juvenile fiction Coca industry Bolivia Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Coca industry
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For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a 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 and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession. Diego's parents are locked up,... Read More »


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Apr 01, 2014
  • rowan_10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have never heard of the author but overall I enjoyed the novel. From the beginning of the story the author explained what was going to happen. I also knew what was going to happen in the story. So I like these kind of authors that do is. Since the story was taken place in Bolivia she also explained the lifestyle in Bolivia as well. The main character Diego had to live a life for himself to save his family in all the crazy events that happened.I found the ending of the story boring and it didn't go anywhere. the ending drew back to what the story was all about, but I wanted to have a more exiting ending.

Mar 29, 2009
  • Dammic222 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An O.K book

Mar 21, 2009
  • zorg rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Contrary to twoey's opinion on this book, I thought that the cocalero novels were by far Ellis's finest and most gripping work. As a matter of fact, I was so absorbed in this book that I could not put it down, and I finished it in two days.
But I'm interested to know, twoey, what you thought the book was going to be about.

Feb 14, 2009
  • Twoey Gray rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Really loved the Parvana's Journey series but couldn't get into this book. Maybe I was just stunned by what I thought the book would be about. Nonetheless, thought provoking, and inspires you to take action against the hurt in developing countries.

Mar 20, 2008
  • samdog123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another hit from Deborah Ellis. If you haven't read her trilogy about afghanistan starting with The Breadwinner, Parvana's journey and Mud City, you're in for a treat.

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