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The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border
A short but powerful collection illuminates the journeys of eleven young people who immigrated to the United States due to dangerous situations in their home countries. Whether traveling atop trains or by car, foot, or bus; in cramped luggage compartments beneath buses; in cabs or empty semi trailers; across freezing rivers or shuttled from vehicle to vehicle; the children and teens in these stories are all in search of safety and stability. Many stories focus on their effort to get here, but others shed light on their experiences before or after they immigrate, including time spent in the “freezer” or temporary “homes” after crossing the border. Other stories recount the dangers that drove these young people to leave home. The collection is compelling and heartbreaking in its depiction of children who have no choice but to flee their homes for a safer place, even if the journeys may prove fatal. ©2020 Cooperative Children’s Book Center
CCBC Age Recommendation: Age 12 and older
Age Range: Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13) Grades 9-12 (Age 14 and older)
Format: Substantial Narrative Non-Fiction
Subjects: Immigration and Immigrants Survival Translated Books Trauma
Diversity subject: Latine
Farrar Straus Giroux, Macmillan
Publish Year: 2019
CCBC Location: Non-Fiction, 305 Villalobos
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