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Star in the Forest by Laura Resau

Star in the Forest

by Laura Resau

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Shortly after Zitlally's Papá is deported to Mexico, she discovers a dog tied up to a rusty truck near her trailer park. She names the dog for the star shape on the dog's head, and she and friend Crystal feed and care for the apparently abandoned dog. When they discover the dog missing just before her father is kidnapped trying to cross back into the U.S., Zitlally realizes that as the dog goes, so goes her father, and finding Star safe and sound is crucial to getting her father back. Illegal immigration is a complex and controversial topic, but young readers will get a suitable introduction by viewing the effects on the family through Zitlally's eyes. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Laura Resau is one of those authors who it seems like no one knows in my area but she is so good. Although this is not one of my super-favorites (read Red Glass or What the Moon Saw, it is still a good story for an age group that is facing the issues explored but doesn't have a lot of literature so far. ( )
  Brainannex | Oct 25, 2013 |
This was a story about a girl named Zitlally and her family being immigrants from Mexico. Her dad was caught and got deported back to Mexico, and later got kidnapped. Zitlally and her friend Crystal found this abandoned dog out in the forest, decided to take care of it, and named him Star. They were worried they wouldn't be able to keep him because they didn't have any paper work saying that he was theirs. Zitlally and Crystal later found the owner of the dog, and he decided to let the girls keep the dog and take care of it. My reaction to this book was that I had never heard of it. In the end of this book, I liked how it had the words that were in Spanish translated into English. This book was on the Sequoya award winning last for 2013. It was a really good book that talked about illegal immigrants from Mexico, and what happens if they try and cross over. I would use this book in my classroom to go over illegal immigrants, and what they went through trying to come back in to the states. This lesson would be covered in Social Studies, and I would have my students read this book! ( )
  jenae5 | Oct 25, 2013 |
A vivid, moving story that offers a compelling perspective on illegal immigrants. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
A well told true to life story that many Mexicans who cross the border looking for a better life face. The fear and uncertainty that young Zitlally feels for her father and family is portrayed in easy terms that young readers will understand. In this tale, when Zitlally's father is deported back to Mexico, she finds comfort in the language and stories her father has told her through the years. Caring for an abused dog name Star, Zitlally strikes up a friendship with a girl who lives in the trailer park and realizes that caring for Star is also insuring her father's safe return. Laura Resau's book is one that easily can be adapted as a classroom unit on Mexico, immigration and being poor without resources to turn to in time of need. ( )
  LNase | Aug 28, 2011 |
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Zitlally's family is undocumented, and her father has just been arrested for speeding and deported back to Mexico. As her family waits for him to return—they’ve paid a coyote to guide him back across the border—they receive news that he and the coyote’s other charges have been kidnapped and are being held for ransom. Meanwhile, Zitlally and a new friend find a dog in the forest near their trailer park. They name it Star for the star-shaped patch over its eye. As time goes on, Zitlally starts to realize that Star is her father’s “spirit animal,” and that as long as Star is safe, her father will be also. But what will happen to Zitlally’s dad when Star disappears?

“A vibrant, large-hearted story.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred (on Red Glass)

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After Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of rusted car parts, and finds a stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe so that her father will return.

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