Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Illegal

Good news: I have enough 2011 releases to fill up my WoW posts until the first week of August! The bad news is that I don't have any releases after that. But hopefully as spring and summer draw closer I'll find some more. Do check out the updated list of 2011 YA/MG releases about poc (we are at 79, I'm pleasantly surprised).

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Illegal by Bettina Restrepo

Release Date: March 8, 2011

A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . .

Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waiting for her father's return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceaÑera.

-If you didn't make already make the assumption that I wholeheartedly support immigration and am staunchly against the term 'alien' or 'illegal', good for you :) I mean that seriously, don't make assumptions. Anyway, illegal immigration is a hot issue (that will *fingers crossed* be addressed before President Obama's first term is up) and Illegal promises to be a read that will give me some food for thought. Doesn't hurt that it's not your average quinceaneara novel.

?Y tu? What are you waiting on this week? (Please excuse the failure of a question mark and tilde)


  1. I'm sure when the fall catalogs come out you'll find more books! This one looks interesting, I like how fiction gives us stories to consider world issues and events.

  2. This was a good article from the NYtimes about the DREAM act which would have been a good start on immigration reform.

  3. This book is on my TBR list, too! Really interesting with all of the immigration discussion going on right now - I'm in Intercultural Communication, Govt & Politics AND Sociology this semester, so it's kind of a triple whammy.

  4. I'm reading this now and it's very good. (Emotional though!)


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