Salvador Tenorio, a young adventurer, dragooned from an 18th-century Spanish prison, tangles with padres and pirates on his journey to discover the New World and himself.
YA, Adventure, Latino/Hispanic History/Culture
A Long Walk
The Devil whispered to Salvador each night. Huddled in a corner of the dusty inn, he sorted trash left by pilgrims on the road to Santiago, looking for something sharp so he could set a trap. The travelers crowded into a different broken-down inn every night. When the inn didn’t smell too bad and appeared adequate, they pronounced, “God provides.” If they said, “God gives us the strength to endure,” the travelers were sure to face a miserable night. On the worst nights, Salvador managed to sneak away from the group, sleep under the stars and dream of new adventures.
“Send him home. I tell you, the boy’s got the Devil in him,” Brother Pablo said. Fidgeting with the knotted cord he wore around his waist, he pestered Brother Daniel, who led the congregation.
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