Panama, by Shelby Hiatt

panamaSummary:  At fifteen, a girl moves from a small town in Ohio to Panama while her father takes part in building the Panama Canal.  Panama with its lush rainforests and myriad of people is the perfect place for her desires to be fulfilled. Then she meets Frederico, a Spanish aristocrat who is working as a digger, one of the masses who toils daily in the heat and the dust and the danger of the canal.  They begin a romance and he awakens her body as well as her soul.

Houghton Mifflin



  1. This story was alright. It helped me to better understand the political climate during American Imperialism and I enjoyed the historical side, but the story overall was a bit underwhelming and the characters emotions never really came through.

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