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Return to Sender (2009)

by Julia Alvarez

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I would use this bok in a middle school classroom. I would use this book at these grade levels because of the difficulty of the book. Students at these grade levels will find this book relatable since the characters are are about their age. They ay also find this book relatable because both of the main characters in the book have faced loss and other challenges. ( )
  LRetzlaff | Apr 27, 2016 |
This book would be an easy, but good individual reading book for 6th or 7th grade students. The vocabulary is not very challenging, but the story would be engaging for them at their social development level. ( )
  AmandaJH | Apr 27, 2016 |
A book I was interested in reading but did not finish for the class. Not included in my Reading Record.
  Tara.Haupt | Apr 15, 2016 |
Read for realistic fiction discussion.
  kristinbenintendi | Mar 13, 2016 |
Julia Alvarez puts a human face on the complex issue of illegal immigration and struggling farmers. Tyler isn't so sure his parents have made the right decision hiring three undocumented Mexican men to help save their dairy farm. Mari, the oldest daughter of one of the men, worries about her mother who's vanished at the border and about keeping her family out of the hands of "la migra." Tyler and Mari eventually become friends: Tyler now has greater understanding of the issues facing his and Mari's families; and Mari develops a stronger voice and spirit thanks to the aid that American friends provide in times of crisis. The tone at times is didactic; there's no mistaking which side the author supports in the immigration debate. But what this book does best is introduce a complex national issue to young readers at a level they can understand. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

In a novel full of hope, but no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.

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After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.… (more)

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