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“From the rubble of a ruined tower, Papa builds bridges, and as Max learns the family trade of stonemasonry, he also learns about his family's astonishing past, the history of the tower and its resident peregrine--and most importantly, about his mysterious mother, who left when he was very small. This sensitively constructed parable leads Max to a natural realization about why his mother left while telling the adventurous story of Max's football dreams and desire to be taken seriously by grownups. The message hidden in the story is full of powerful insights into the immigrant condition and its challenges for families, and the subplot about 'Buelo's love of stories and their importance as tools for understanding and sharing vital history will appeal to teachers as much as to kids!”

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Max loves stories, especially the fantastical tale Buelo tells him about a mystical gatekeeper who can guide brave travellers on a
journey into tomorrow.
If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he'd make Santa Maria's celebrated fútbol team, and whether he'd ever find his
mother, who left when he was a baby. Papa refuses to talk about her, so Max has learned to stop asking.
But when Papa is forced to reveal his involvement in an underground network of guardians that led people fleeing a neighboring
country to safety, and the surprising reason Max's spot on the fútbol team may be threatened, everything he knew about himself
and his family is upended.
A treasured compass, a haunted tower, a mysterious stone rubbing, and a peregrine falcon propel Max on a dangerous search for
clues about who he is and what the future holds.

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