Boy of the Border

Boy of the Border
Item# 9780979098703

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by Arna Bontemps, Langston Hughes, Antonio Castro L. (Illustrator)


Penned by two of the most famous African American writers of the 1930s, this never-before-published coming-of-age story chronicles the adventures of a 12-year-old Mexican boy, Miguel Del Monte, who joins his uncle in herding wild broncos from northern Mexico to Los Angeles. Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, this historic tale follows Miguel as he embarks on this unexpected trip across the American Southwest desert, determined to prove himself brave and smart enough to deal with the anticipated hardships. Along with a close encounter with roving bandits and the dangerous forces of nature, Miguel has bittersweet interactions with people of diverse racial and cultural groups, learning important lessons along the way. Separated into concise episodes and reflecting the beauty of various peoples, this collection depicts the power of tolerance and multicultural inclusion.


Arna Bontemps was a highly regarded poet and novelist during the Harlem Renaissance. He is the author of The Story of the Negro, which was a Newbery Honor Book and received the Jane Addams Book Award. Langston Hughes was a prolific poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, journalist, and author of children's books. He was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance and the author of The Best of Simple, Not Without Laughter, and The Ways of White Folks. They are the coauthors of The Pasteboard Bandit and Popo and Fifina. Antonio Castro L. is the illustrator of The Green Bird, The Gum-Chewing Rattler, and The Treasure on Gold Street. His work has been featured in museums and galleries in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Italy. He lives in El Paso, Texas.

Hardcover: 115 pages