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Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Return to Sender (2009)

by Julia Alvarez

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  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 |
Format- Chapter book
Genre- Fiction

This book is about a relationship between an American Boy and a Mexican immigrant. The death of Tyler grandfather and the injury his father endured threatens the family owned farm =. With the farm on the line Tyler's family hires Mexican Immigrants to run the farm. Tyler's morals make him question immigrates running the farm being that they are illegal. Tyler connects with Mari, one of the immigrant worker's daughter and from here the friendship grows.
  reyesjaramillo61 | Oct 29, 2014 |
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Format: Chapter Book

In the United States, most of us are familiar with issues on immigration, but if it does not pertain to us we do not really give it importance. This book really brought up the importance and issues that families from both side of the spectrum experience. The focus on this story is about Tyler, an 11 year old boy and his American family who hire a Mexican family to work for them because Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident. Among the main characters is Mari, the oldest of three sisters who, along with their father and uncle, move to the farm in Vermont. Tyler is a very curious boy who at first does not understand why hiring this Mexican family should be kept a secret. Later on he finds out that they are undocumented workers. After finding this out it becomes difficult for him to build a friendship with Marian, knowing that his family is doing something illegal. The book has many themes like friendship, bullying, respect and fighting for what is right. A big part of the book includes letters from Mari to her mother who is in Mexico. Personally, I really liked the book, it has so much detail and I could really engage in the setting and situation that both these families were living.
  georperez | 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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