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Return to Sender (2009)

by Julia Alvarez

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I liked that this book makes peoples' differences a virtue. Each child brought something different to the friendship and learned many things through each other. It is touching, and realistic direction of what it means to be an undocumented person in the United States, and how other can support you in our struggles.
  cynalibo | Oct 19, 2014 |
The story is told from the perspective of Tyler and Maria. Tyler is a U.S. son of farmer and Maria is undocumented daughter to undocumented parents working their way on the East coast. Tyler and Maria develop a friendship because their families merge under dire circumstances. Her family is working and constantly looking over their shoulders for authorities and under scrutiny for working illegally in the country. The characters are well developed because they do portray sentiments of communities across the nation. Some believe they help our economy and they productive members of society. And others believe they take jobs from Americans and by being in the country illegally they are "Illegal" themselves. Story does a great job when bringing up issues of immigration, family, culture and American values. ( )
  Adrian.Gaytan | Sep 26, 2014 |
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 | Aug 30, 2014 |
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 |
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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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