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September 3rd, 2019 - Posted in Library News -

by Julia Alvarez, 325 pages, Grades 6-8

Tyler’s family was worried about making ends meet after his dad gets hurt in a tractor accident. Luckily they found a couple of workers to hire so they can keep the farm running without Tyler’s dad. The two men are brothers and they move in to the workers cabin with one brother’s family – three daughters. 

Mari is the eldest of three daughters, but their age is not the biggest difference. Her sisters were born in the U.S. so they are really American; Mari and her parents came from Mexico when she was tiny. They are undocumented and are always in fear of being deported, but that is not all Mari is worried about. Her mom went home to Mexico to help her grandma and they have not heard from her since she started her journey back to the U.S. Did she get stopped by immigration? How will she find them now that they are in a new home helping out on Tyler’s farm? 

If you enjoy books about refugees and people seeking better places to live, you might also enjoy: Refugee, by Alan Gratz, Nowhere Boy, by Katherine Marsh, In the Sea There are Crocodiles, by Fabio Geda.

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