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During the Mexican Revolution, a heroic mother, Elena, struggles to protect her family after her husband dies from an accident, and she feels powerless to act until she encounters Pancho Villa and his soldiers at her door. Elena decides to leave Mexico in order to find a safe place for her family as well as to provide them with an education, so her family can prosper, and takes her family to California for a new life filled with opportunities. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trophies, 2005)

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