The Boy Who Said No

The Boy Who Said No

An Escape to Freedom

Book - 2013
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This novel is based on the life story of Frank Mederos, who was born and raised in Guanabacoa, Cuba. Through a number of childhood experiences and the influence of his grandfather, he grew to despise the politics of his government. As a boy his grandfather teaches him to fish, to navigate the seas, and to think for himself, much needed skills under the new Castro regime. When Frank is drafted into the army, he is soon promoted to the Special Forces, where he is privy to top military secrets. But young Frank has no sympathy for Fidel. He thirsts for freedom and longs to join his girlfriend who has left Cuba for America. Frank yearns to defect, but his timing could not be worse. After two unsuccessful escape attempts, Frank learns that the departure of the next available boat conflicts with upcoming military exercises. If he stays, he will miss the boat. If he does not, he will be the object of a massive manhunt. Problems abound: How will Frank escape the army base without being seen? Where will he hide until the boat comes? How can he outwit his commanding officer? And how can he elude hundreds of soldiers ordered to bring him back dead or alive? Frank's true story is a tale of love, loss and courage, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Publisher: Longboat Key, Fla. : Oceanview Publishing, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781608090808
Branch Call Number: FICTION She
Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Feb 09, 2014

A good story. It is a well written, interesting view of how life changed in Cuba with Fidel's coming to power, and an engaging account of an attempted escape to America. Found it hard to put down. Frankie, the hero, sure has a lot of guts and character. Would recommend it to all but younger kids (parts might be kind of scary and the overall tone disconcerting). I sure hope Sheehy writes a sequel (soon!).


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