Inocencia is a thick, luscious, juicy slice of life story. It will speak to anyone who has been forced to leave his or her country in search of a better life. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced a broken heart due to oppression, isolation, discrimination, injustice, poverty or desperation. It is a MUST read for the young, hungry adolescent looking to make his or her dreams come true. It will heal the wounds of those who have defied insurmountable challenges, while delivering a powerful message of hope, faith, and an invincible courage to conquer and survive. The book has received high praise and support from the Hispanic community. INOCENCIA'S literary merit has been acknowledged by: THE LATINO LITERARY HALL OF FAME, 2003 First Place: BEST SPANISH FICTION Premio Mariposa - Second Place: Best First Book by an Author.