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Young Adult Literature Circles: We Are Not From Here

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Book Summary

Goodreads Summary:

A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña have no false illusions about the town they've grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Though their families--both biological and found--create a warm community for them, threats lurk around every corner. And when those threats become all too real, the three teens know they have no choice but to run: for the border, for the hope of freedom, and for their very lives.

Crossing from Guatemala through Mexico with their eyes on the U.S. border, they follow the route of La Bestia, a system of trains that promise the hope of freedom--if they are lucky enough to survive the harrowing journey. With nothing but the bags on their backs and the desperation that courses through their very veins, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña know that there's no turning back, dangerous though the road ahead might be.

In this story inspired by real--and current--events, the plight at our southern border is brought to life.

Author Bio

Jenny Torres Sanchez is a full-time writer and former English teacher. Her name is just Jenny, not Jennifer, or Victoria, or Elizabeth, or Lizzie, which is what she tried to make friends and her sister call her when she was younger because Jenny didn’t sound fancy enough. She spent a lot of time trying to come up with better names.  Sanchez was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life.

Other books by Jenny Torres Sanchez:

  • The Fall of Innocence
  • Because of the Sun
  • Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia
  • The Downside of Being Charlie
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