Alda P. Dobbs is as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, and nature as she is about writing. She lives with her husband and two children outside Houston, Texas. Her first book, Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, was a New York Public Library Book of the Year and a Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection. The Other Side of the River is her new book.
Book by Alda P. Dobbs
From the award-winning author of "Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna," Alda P. Dobbs, comes a compelling new novel about building a new life in America. Petra Luna is in America, having escaped the Mexican Revolution and the terror of the Federales. Now that they are safe, Petra and her family can begin again, in this country that promises so much. Still, twelve-year-old Petra knows that her abuelita, little sister, and baby brother depend on her to survive. She leads her family from a smallpox-stricken refugee camp on the Texas border to the buzzing city of San Antonio, where they work hard to build a new life. And for the first time ever, Petra has a chance to learn to read and write. Strong and determined, Petra Luna returns in a story about the immigrant experience that continues to be relevant today.