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Return to Sender (2009)

by Julia Alvarez

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Julia Alvarez writes about immigration world in the United States. She writes it in two perspectives. One, In Tyler's perspective, who is boy living with his family in a Dairy Farm. They were about to lose their farm, so they asked for help. The second perspective is through Mari, who is the daughter of the migrant workers that are going to help out in the farm. Tyler and his classmates have a hard time understanding the migrant life, but as time goes on Tyler becomes knowledgeable about their circumstances.
  ayala.yannet | Jun 7, 2015 |
A girl and her family living illegally in America. Everyday they are worried that they are going to get caught by the police and deported back to Mexico. This girl is Maria and she lives with her 2 American sisters, her Mexican dad and her 2 Mexican uncles. Everyday Maria watches the phone, waiting for a call from her Mexican mother who had to travel back to Mexico. She wants her mother back. When Maria's family moves to New Hampshire from their home in North Carolina, Maria is worried that they might never get to see their mother again.
I think that the author did a really nice job incorporating the different aspects of Mexican traditions into a story about an American lifestyle. I think that the author also did a really nice job with the way that he kept the family's fear of getting deported ever present, but not overwhelmingly so. I would definitely recommend this book for people who like suspenseful and happy, heartwarming stories. ( )
  chgrbr14 | Feb 25, 2015 |
Read for Contemporary Realistic Fiction discussion.
  noah23 | Feb 2, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this chapter book because the author writes in such a way so that you feel like you are inside Tyler's head and know what he's feelings--sadness over the death of his grandpa, confused as to how his family can say they are patriotic and American and obey the laws while still employing illegal immigrants. Because of the controversial, heavier topic I would be hesitant to share this with children younger than 5th grade, but I think it'd be great for 5-8 grade.
  sbutler9 | Dec 3, 2014 |
Format: Chapter book
Genre: Realistic fiction

This is a story about a family that owns a dairy farm in Vermont. Tyler, the youngest of 3 children goes to visit his aunt and uncle after the death of his grandfather. With the passing of his grandfather and his dad getting into a bad accident, the fate of the farm is unknown with anyone to work it. Tyler gets back and finds out that his parents hired Mexican immigrants to work on the farm, which upsets Tyler since they are illegally in the US. One of the workers has 3 daughters with him. One is Tyler's age, Mari, and she goes to the same school as Tyler. Throughout the book Mari writes letters to her mother, who is missing, her family, and the Virgin Mary. In these letters she talks about her life in the US and how her family is always fearful of being caught by US immigration agents. Tyler and Mari become great friends and Tyler helps her find her mother. One day the agents come to the farm and arrest Tyler's parents and the Mexican workers. Mari and Tyler come up with a way to help their parents. At the end Mari's family is let go and her and Tyler continue their friendship through letters. ( )
  Lacyjaramillo | Oct 29, 2014 |
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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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