Allende is a Chilean American, whose uncle was the former president of Chile, and whose father was a Chilean diplomat.
This particular book was Allende’s first young adult fiction novel.
Apparently it was met with mixed reviews from critics, but I will say, that for my daughter, her review was a strong thumbs up. I found her curled up in the living room, kitchen. and her bedroom reading this book during every spare moment she could find.
The story takes place in the Amazon rain forest, and is about two teenagers fighting their fears and growing by leaps and bounds during their travels through this magical region.
Below is a short interview with Broadway regarding the book, in her own words.
Q. Describe this book in a few sentences
A. It is an adventurous journey through the Amazon. A big group of people are on this journey to find a legendary or real creature called the “Beast”.
Q. Describe the main characters
A. One of the main characters is Alex who was very shy and scared of things at the beginning, but came out in the end as a man who became very brave and willing. Nadia is amazingly willing and conquered one of her only fears, which was heights.
Q. What is your most favorite scene in the book?
A. My favorite scene in the book is one of the most descriptive parts of the book when they went into a city of gold. They saw many wonderful things like vegetation, mysterious creatures, and GOLD.
Q. Why would you recommend this book to your friends?
A. Because it is wonderful, adventurous, descriptive, and takes you on a journey through the mystical Amazon.
Another book review by Broadway can be found at Hang a thousand trees with ribbons.