Eve Bunting’s heartfelt story and David Diaz’s dramatic illustrations create a compelling child’s-eye view of urban violence. A young boy and his mother are forced to flee their apartment during a night of rioting in Los Angeles. Fires and looting force neighbors—who have always avoided one another—to come together in the face of danger and concern for their missing pets. David Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his bold acrylic paint and photo-collage illustrations.
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including <i>Smoky Night</i> by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; <i>The Wanderer</i> by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and <i>Diego: Bigger Than Life</i> by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.
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