I like the character Julian because he is persistent. He makes a lot of mistakes, but he keeps trying and puts what he learns from his mistakes to work to solve his problems. I was impressed by the way he always tried to do the right thing.
My favorite part of the story is how the author shows that even people on different sides of the revolution can show empathy and understanding for each other. Julian's old friend and mentor, Bebo, is happy with the changes the revolution is bringing about, but he understand what Julian needs and does his best to help him out.
This book is Level W, so it's a challenging read. And it can be difficult to read about how Cuban refugees were treated in the US. But, I highly recommend the book to anyone who likes a good adventure or who wants to find out about this time in history.
The book won the Pura Belpre award, presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.