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Yo tuve un sueño

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Tries And for those refugees who do succeed They face an immigration process that is as winding and multi tiered as the journey that brought them hereIn this book award winning Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos strings together the diverse experiences of eleven real migrant teenagers offering readers a beginning road map to issues facing the region These timely accounts of courage sacrifice and survival including two fourteen year old girls forming a tenuous friendship as they wai. A very powerful read I read this for the Mock Printz Awards discussion for work and I’m glad I did Although the writing was simple and straightforward I like it because it didn’t need anything special to tell these teens’ stories The stories tell of why and how they got to the US as well as what it was like waiting to get back to their families who lived there I also liked how a few people’s stories were told at different places in the book I wish it had a little of that but I still liked what I read


T in a frigid holding cell a boy in Chicago beginning to craft his future while piecing together his past in El Salvador and cousins learning to lift each other up through angry waters offer a rare and invaluable window into the US–Central American refugee crisisIn turns optimistic and heartbreaking The Other Side balances the boundless hope at the center of immigration with the weight of its risks and repercussions Here is a necessary read for young people on both sides of the iss. I was given this book to read by my principal to help understand some of the things students have gone through or their parents have gone through at our school The book is exactly what it is says it is Stories of Central American Teen Refugees who have successfully crossed the border and are now living with their family in America Each story is inspired by interviews gathered from the author and the author considers it nonfiction although things have been changed to protect identitiesIt's a good book The stories feel real because they are real You get a feeling for the way these children have suffered but importantly you get a feeling for a way these children have overcome The only negative here is in structure which is common for collected stories South America is a big place with a variety of problems This book is very good at turning those big place problems to small people problems and it is to the books credit However it does this at the expense of a big picture It is a small book that could have been improved by organization Get 5 stories from kids escaping Honduras put those one after another Get 5 stories from kids escaping Guatemala put them one after another Get 5 stories about kids experiencing The Freezer at the border put them together This book is a collection of snapshots and after reading it I find myself wishing for picturesIt's short it's purposeful it's powerful but it reuires a companion piece of deeper reading to be satisfying Final score 810

Juan Pablo Villalobos ✓ 1 READ

Award winning Mexican author Juan Pablo Villalobos explores illegal immigration with this emotionally raw and timely nonfiction book about ten Central American teens and their journeys to the United StatesYou can't really tell what time it is when you're in the freezerEvery year thousands of migrant children and teens cross the US Mexico border The journey is treacherous and sometimes deadly but worth the risk for migrants who are escaping gang violence and poverty in their home coun. Thanks to Fierce Reads for the advanced reader's copyThis is one of the uickest books I've read all year including graphic novels It's not even 150 pages and all the short stories are 5 10 pages so it really flies by I really liked hearing about a specific group of people's struggles on their way to immigrating to America especially the forces in action that caused them to need to leave their home countries and what they have to persevere through to get where they are Because of that informativeness I think this was a valuable readHowever I'm not sure I loved the format of this The author interviewed multiple teens and young adults and then spun their answers into first person short stories that grasped the heart of their journey and struggles but lacked any meaningful emotion or detail It offered a good overview of a selection of different teens but I think I would have preferred hearing one fleshed out story rather than 10 glimpses of other stories just because I don't think this was super memorable in the end because it only scratched the surfaceStill if you want to learn about Central American teens coming to America for a better life and the hardship they had to deal with surrounding that I think this author faithfully translated their stories without exploiting them at all