Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Haycak, Cara.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2004.
ISBN 0385908830
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It's the 1930s and 14-year-old Benita is living in Ecuador with her wealthy family.  But hard times are being experienced all over and her father loses everything in the depression.  But he has a plan.  He moves the family to an island and plans to grow coconuts.  He needs the help of the islanders to make this a successful venture but he doesn't really like the islanders and this causes friction.  Benita doesn't have that problem.  As a matter of fact, she falls in love with the handsome Raul who begs her to run away with him.  Part of his tribe's culture calls for couples contemplating marriage to go into the jungle and live together for several months.  Can the daughter of a wealthy landowner ever survive the perils of the jungle?
SUBJECTS:     Islands -- Ecuador -- Fiction.
                        Farm life -- Ecuador -- Fiction.
                        Indians of South America -- Ecuador -- Fiction.
                        Ecuador -- History -- 1895-1944 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
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