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Return to Sender

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

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.

The Thing About Luck

Monday, April 16th, 2018

8559036by Cynthia Kadohata, 269 pages, Grades 6-8

Summer’s family has had a lot of bad luck recently. Her parents were just called back to Japan to help with some elderly relatives which means she and her brother have to help extra hard with the  harvest. Summer also just about died from malaria which makes her especially worried about mosquitos Her grandparents, whose occupation is to travel with migrant harvesters, are getting a little old for such back-breaking work. Summer has to help her grandmother with preparing meals for the team of harvesters as they travel farm to farm. Her grandfather drives one of the combines that cuts the wheat, and everyone is working fast and hard to get the wheat in before the dreaded rain comes. Summer is just wishing for a bit of good luck to come their way. Her family has had enough bad luck, that’s for sure, but the thing about luck is, you never know what kind you’re going to get.

If you enjoy realistic fiction books about families you might also like: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, by Pablo Cartaya, Family Game Night, by Mary Lambert, or  Deliver Us From Normal, by Kate Klise.