Santiago's Road Home

Santiago's Road Home

Alexandra Diaz

Childrens / Middle Grade / Realistic Fiction

"With every chapter, readers will be further immersed in Santiago's story as they root for his triumph over injustice." —Booklist (starred review) "With unflinching conviction, Diaz sketches a frank, brief account of refugee youth in an uncaring bureaucratic system." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A young boy gets detained by ICE while crossing the border from Mexico to the United States in this timely and unflinching novel by award-winning author Alexandra Diaz.The bed creaks under Santiago's shivering body. They say a person's life flashes by before dying. But it's not his whole life. Just the events that led to this. The important ones, and the ones Santiago would rather forget. The coins in Santiago's hand are meant for the bus fare back to his abusive abuela's house. Except he refuses to return; he won't be missed. His future is uncertain until he meets the kind, maternal María...
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The Crossroads

The Crossroads

Alexandra Diaz

Childrens / Middle Grade / Realistic Fiction

"An incredibly heartfelt depiction of immigrants and refugees in a land full of uncertainty." —Kirkus Reviews "Diaz paints an insightful, realistic picture of a place that's filled with opportunity but simultaneously rife with discrimination, which is especially important reading for today's children." —Booklist Jaime and Ángela discover what it means to be living as undocumented immigrants in the United States in this timely sequel to the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Only Road. After crossing Mexico into the United States, Jaime Rivera thinks the worst is over. Starting a new school can't be that bad. Except it is, and not just because he can barely speak English. While his cousin Ángela fits in quickly, with new friends and after-school activities, Jaime struggles with even the idea of calling this strange place "home." His real home is with his parents, abuela, and the rest of the...
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The Only Road

The Only Road

Alexandra Diaz

Childrens / Middle Grade / Realistic Fiction

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this gripping and realistic middle grade novel.Jaime is sitting on his bed drawing when he hears a scream. Instantly, he knows: Miguel, his cousin and best friend, is dead. Everyone in Jaime's small town in Guatemala knows someone who has been killed by the Alphas, a powerful gang that's known for violence and drug trafficking. Anyone who refuses to work for them is hurt or killed—like Miguel. With Miguel gone, Jaime fears that he is next. There's only one choice: accompanied by his cousin Ángela, Jaime must flee his home to live with his older brother in New Mexico. Inspired by true events, The Only Road is an individual story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance for a better life. It is a story of fear and bravery, love and loss, strangers...
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