Title: Remember Me
Author: Mario Escobar
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
From international bestseller Mario Escobar comes a 20th-century historical novel of tragedy and resilience inspired by Spain’s famed Children of Morelia and the true events that shaped their lives.
Historians refer to the Spanish Civil War as one of the bloodiest wars of the twentieth century. In 1937, at Mexico’s request and offer, nearly 500 children from Spain—remembered as Los Niños de Morelia—were relocated via ship to Mexico to escape the war’s violence. These children traveled across the sea without their families and were expected to return at the war’s end. No one could have foreseen another world war was on the way—or that that Franco’s regime would prevent the children from coming home. These enduring conflicts trapped the children in a country far from their homeland, and many never made it back.
Remember Me is Mario Escobar’s novelization of these events, as told by a fictional survivor—one of the children of Morelia—who looks back upon his life after making the long and devastating journey across the Atlantic. This story explores the endurance of the human spirit as well as the quandary of a parent’s impossible decision, asking: At what cost do you protect your child in the face of uncertainty?
I am such a fan of Mario Escobar because of the wonderful way he takes on such heartbreaking stories. Remember Me is a poignant historical fiction that had me shedding a few tears. It’s brings up so many emotions yet does a great job at educating readers.
This book is written in the perspective of a fictional survivor of the child refugees. During the Spanish Civil War, nearly 500 children were forced to relocate from Spain to Mexico. These kids had to tough it up and grow up fast. They faced hard times and their spirit was tested.
Marco and his siblings are the children that this story focuses on. Marco and his siblings relocate to Mexico and Marco tries to keep the promise he made to his parents; to keep his family safe.
They face hard times and it shows how strong these characters had to be to make it each day.
I give Remember Me 4 stars. I always look forward to reading Mario’s work because it educates me in a way that isn’t like a history class but told in a way that makes you understand what it was like at the time. I think many historical fiction readers will enjoy this read for the authentic feel of the story and appreciate all the research that the author did.
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