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Hunger is a constant threat to young Maria Luz and her Honduran community. Scarce rains, insects, depleted soil, and greedy middlemen often make food security an unattainable dream. However, change occurs when a new teacher (a character based on the life of Honduran teacher Don Elias Sanchez) arrives in the community. He introduces Maria Luz and her classmates to farming practices that eventually produce good crops and “a feeling of hope spreading from garden to garden.” Vivid illustrations highlight the narrative’s hopeful message. Ages 8-12. (Kids Can Press)

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