“Stay Silent”: A Refugee’s Escape from Colombia – Natalie Hyde

 “Stay Silent”: A Refugee’s Escape from Colombia – Natalie Hyde, Clockwise Press, 9780993935190, 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Non-Fiction

What did you like about the book? This story takes us through the life of Paola Gomez, the daughter of a rich but abusive Colombian farmer.  Since a school project in 7th grade she has been determined to use her mind and skills to create shelters and safe places for art and growth for both children and abused women.  There’s a short index as well as a brief set of resources for further information on Paola’s endeavors, life in Colombia and how kids can help.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  This biography is written like a story but jumps around a bit and glosses over very difficult moments; not leaving out dark events such as the beating she gets after daring to name names of important shady characters over the radio, but not going into details either.  So if you wanted more information you’d need to research beyond this short book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  It would be a good starting point for a research project or just for a middle-grade reader looking for an insight into why someone might want or even NEED to leave their home country.

Who should buy this book? Middle Schools, Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it? Non-Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA

Date of review: 5/14/17

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