For Oscar, life is good. Living and working with his cousins in Dodge City, Kansas, he is living what one might call the American Dream. After many years Oscar finally receives his permanent resident card (green card), and opens a business, a house-painting company. The work is steady and honest. In fact, it is so constant that Oscar looks to buy a new vehicle to support the business. He is offered a truck at an incredible price, but he has to travel to San Antonio in order to pick it up. What should be a quick two-day trip, turns into one of panic when Oscar loses something he has worked so hard to achieve. Michelle is also living a good life. She and her husband, Marcos, live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Michelle and Marcos work hard - she as a delivery driver and he as a restaurant manager - in the hopes of bringing the rest of the family to live with them in New Mexico. Marcos is originally from Mexico and has two daughters who still live there with his mother. What the couple lacks, however, is the money needed to secure a lawyer to help with legal paperwork. On one particular trip to San Antonio, though, Michelle’s luck seems to turn when she finds a large sum of cash - a perfect solution to her problem. Or is it? Learn how the lives of two people on separate journeys intersect in San Antonio, one of the colonial cities of the southwest United States.
I really liked this book because it was exciting and was a good length. It was easy enough to read, with some new words here and there. This story was about a women going on an adventure after finding a backpack on a bench. I liked how it was a cute story without being too young. Very well written! Naomi P. SF, CA
La Mochila is a story about morality and humanity, the backpack is only part of it! Main characters Oscar and Michelle are relatable/very human characters that I genuinely enjoyed reading about. I was satisfied with the ending and I felt like the realistic nature of the story made it so compelling!! Georgia V SF, Ca
This book was about a woman who found a very important backpack that belonged to a hard working man who was trying to buy a truck. I found it very interesting how both the lives of the woman a man interconnected because they had some similarities with each other and many differences as well. This was a very intriguing book because I was looking forward to what was going to happen next throughout the entire short story. This story teaches people about choosing between right and wrong and doing the right thing. ~Michael O. SF, CA
Great book! Heart warming story about two hard working people crossing paths because of a lost backpack. Oscar and Michelle discover the benifits of being honesty and meeting nice people everywhere you go. I would reccomend reading the book while you listen to the audio portion.
Raven S., San Francisco, CA — This is the story of a woman who finds a backpack on a bench in San Antonio, TX. This event sparks an unknown connection between two people who have more in common than they think. I ended up liking this book because the story was interesting, and the characters’ backgrounds were intriguing as well. Overall, this is a good story that I would recommend to all Spanish learners.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very interesting story, especially because there are two stories in one. Oscar is a hardworking man who loses his backpack of money while getting a car, Michelle finds the backpack, but she desperately needs the money. What will she do? Reading about Michelle and Oscar’s situation made me think. This story has some good lessons within the story, the dilemma of Michelle and the importance of honesty. - Gage M San Francisco, California
Oscar loses his backpack with money and at the same time, Michelle has financial problem to get a lawyer. Michelle finds Oscar's backpack and it could help her, but what does she do? This book kept me engaged and wanting more. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to enrich their Spanish reading comprehension. Zoe K. SF
I really liked how the plot was easy to follow yet still interesting. I also enjoyed the work bank at the end of each story because some words were vital to understanding the dynamics of the characters. -Brigette M. SF, CA
The book was excellent in terms of readability, and the plot was quite interesting. Oscar is on his way to buy a truck, but he leaves his backpack with his registration and money in it. Michelle then finds the backpack, and faces an intense moral dilema. claireb,sf,ca
In this story, protagonists, Oscar and Michelle, meet each other in San Antonio by fate. Michelle is faced with a tough decision that will test her morals. I enjoyed reading story because it was very intriguing and it taught me that there are still good people in the world. -Sela R, San Francisco, CA
This book kept me interested throughout, and I enjoyed learning about the life of both Oscar and Michelle and reading about the obstacles they encountered. The way the book is written leaves the reader intrigued and wanting to continue reading. It is a mainly realistic story that allows it to be relatable and interesting, and it only gets more exciting when Michelle finds the backpack and we get to see what she chooses to do with it.
I liked this book and I thought the plot was easy to follow. Cecilia, sf, ca
Alex N. P3 SF- I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and understand and it did not take me too long. I would definitely recommend this book to other Spanish students!
I thought the book was very interesting, and the story line continually progressed. I liked how you can both listen and follow along with the words. I thought this feature was helpful when you are comprehending the story, and overall I think this website and book a fun and easy way to read in Spanish! - Olivia O.
This was an interesting story that followed two protagonists named Oscar and Michelle. Through a parallel chain of events, they both end up in San Antonio for different reasons, and their paths cross when Oscar loses his backpack. I liked both protagonists and the story was easy to understand. - Nina S., San Francisco, CA
La historia trata de una mujer, Michelle, que encuentra una mochila en un banco. El otro protagonista, Oscar pierde su mochila. Me gusta la historia porque tiene dos protagonistas. Jeremy C
I really enjoyed your story of “La Mochila”. I enjoyed how it discussed topics of economics and politics, which involve deeper issues that the world faces today. The story revolves around Oscar and Michelle and shows the readers the importance honesty. “Honesty is the best policy”. Though it sometimes feels you will not benefit from the honesty, you will be helping someone else. The idea that good karma will come your way comes shines through in this story as the protagonists honesty offers a great reward for herself. Most times honesty comes as a different reward than the one in the story, the idea you are being true to the other person and doing what is right rather than what is selfish. Great story! Olivia L.
I enjoyed this book because when I saw the image of a backpack and money it got me intrigued. They were living well and were living what most people called the American Dream. Oscar wanted to buy a car for the business but it didn't go so well. I liked how I was able to read and follow along with the audio.
In this book there were two characters, Michelle and Oscar. Oscar has a painting business with his cousins and is going from Dodge City to San Antonio to get a new pick up truck for his business. Michelle is married, and wants her spouse’s kids from a previous marriage to live with her so they can all live as a family, except she needs money for an attorney. Michelle is also going to San Antonio because she works for FedEx. Oscar brings a red backpack with many important things: money, his registration , and his phone, and loses it along the way. Michelle finds the backpack and wants to give it back, but also wants his money for herself as she needs it for an attorney. The reader is left with the question: Will Michelle be honest and return the backpack so Oscar can get the pickup truck, or will she steal it? Overall, I liked this book because there were two different points of views. I liked knowing the thoughts of both characters instead of just one. I also liked the audio part of each chapter because it was easy to follow along and I didn’t get distracted. Lastly, I really like that they put the definition of some vocabulary words that I might not know, so I don’t have to go look them up separately and get distracted. Isabella G SF, CA
This story is about two people on separate journeys that intersect with each other. It is a great story that shows how people can either be obstacles or solutions. I enjoyed listening to this story. John S.
Fabiola B. San Fracisco, CA I really enjoyed this book. It not only explains the goal of the American Dream but also the outcomes of one's actions. A woman finds a backpack with money that she needs but also knows how the owner of the backpack, also needs it. It's a great quick-read but also a good way to practice Spanish.
El cuento es bueno. El cuento se trata de dos personajes, Michelle y Oscar. Los personajes fueron a San Antonio. Oscar perdió su mochila con dinero. Me gusta que Michelle es muy honesto y no me gusta que Michelle necesito dinero porque no tiene. El lección es ser honesto. Yo recomiendo que leas el cuento porque es interesante.