24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
Gus, a "thirteen-year-old boy in the body of an eight-year old," abandoned by his father and now living in a trailer with his grandmother who spends her days glued to the television. The ultimate underdog.
Gus and his companions Rossi, Jessie, and Matthew must get enough gold from a deserted mine to buy back Rossi's stolen motorcycle.
Dead Frenchman Mine "everyone who had entered the mine in the last seventy years had died an agonizing, suffocating, bone-crushing death.
24 hours. That's all time they have to enter the mine, find the gold, and get the motorcycle in time for Rossi to enter the dirt bike competition.
"Justice. I had to fight for justice."
Rossi is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a "federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members" occupying tribal lands in the Sonoran Desert located in Southwestern Arizona. Learn more about this tribe, its history, government and culture.