In the middle of the night, Sophie and her family receive a phone call that will change their lives. Pablo, a six-year-old Mexican boy is in the hospital with dehydration; he is the only survivor of a group trying to cross the border into Arizona. For some reason, he has Sophie’s stepfather’s card in his pocket. The family cares for the little boy until one day he reveals where he came from.
Shortly after this revelation, Pablo, Sophie, her aunt Dika (a refugee from the war in Bosnia), Dika’s boyfriend, Mr. Lorenzo, and his teenage son, Angel, set off in a van across Mexico to the small village of Pablo’s birth. Sophie has always been afraid of everything and this journey has the potential to go very wrong. She could get food poisoning, they could be in an accident, they could be arrested, or, worst of all, Pablo could decide to stay with his family instead of coming back with her.
When an accident happens, Mr. Lorenzo and Angel need Sophie’s help. Will she be able to overcome her fears and face danger to save the people she loves?
Red Glass was a heartwarming story of a teenage girl who has always worried about everything overcoming her fears and seeing herself how others see her. It has love, trust, adventure, and danger. Bad movie plots had me expecting the worst, but Sophie’s journey contained conflict without being too scary or traumatic. I will recommend this to middle and high school girls.