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Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Return to Sender (2009)

by Julia Alvarez

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RGG: In middle-school grade language and style, an honest and personal story about illegal immigration: why immigrants come to the United States, the risks involved in coming and staying, the impacts on families, why employers who hire them is addressed, but somewhat vaguely--all in a good story with endearing, well-developed characters. There is a hint that the mother is raped by "coyotes." Reading Level: 10-12.
  rgruberexcel | Mar 2, 2014 |
Pura Belpre Award 2010-2011

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  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
It a great book about two families, more about an American boy's prospective and a Mexican girl' point of view. A good read for students from 4th grade and up. ( )
  nataliaanishchenko | Dec 2, 2013 |
A fiction novel about undocumented migrant workers. It tells the story of their work, their life and the relationships with people they work for and also why they come here. It also is about how Tyler who befriends the older girl changes his mind about migrant workers. ( )
  lianaanishchenko | Dec 2, 2013 |
Julia Alvarez is one of favorite authors and she has not let me down with this novel. I would love to use this book with dilemma charts so students can understand the complex moral questions this book asks about immigration and identity. When the story begins, Tyler would rather lose his family's farm than be disloyal to his country, yet by the books conclusion, he would do anything to keep the Cruz family together, and in America. The book also raises tough questions about how far a person should go to be reunited with family, to be in this country, and what does that say for immigration reform. By the end of this book, I was in tears, and I believe that it was the good kind of catharsis that our students need.
  pyattlori | Nov 9, 2013 |
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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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