86 pages 2 hours read

Enrique Flores-Galbis

90 Miles to Havana

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2010

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Chapters 9-17Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 9 Summary: “Initiation”

Julian, Gordo, and Alquilino arrive at the children’s camp in Miami called “Camp Kendal.” When they arrive, they see a mob of children heading to the swimming pool. The boys jump in and take off their dress clothes to try to blend in. When they come out, they spot an old classmate and bully named Romeo, who demands everyone call him Caballo,” which means “horse.” The children tease him for his real name, which makes him more aggressive. Caballo clashes particularly with Gordo because of his temper. Gordo taunts Caballo by calling him his real name, while Alquilino and Julian try to make peace. A priest intervenes and explains that Caballo is one of his “helpers” whom he trusts to “keep order,” since the camp is overcrowded (64). The priest also explains that everyone in the camp has a chore, and if they behave, they’ll receive a $2 allowance on Fridays and can to go into the city on Saturdays. The priest encourages them to try to get along.

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