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  • ISBN: 9781984815712
  • ISBN: 1984815717
  • Physical Description: 304 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
In 2032, when sixteen-year-old Vali's mother is detained by the Deportation Forces, Vali must flee Vermont with her little brother, Ernie, hoping to reach their Tía Luna in the sanctuary state of California.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12+. G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Grades 7-9. G. P. Putnam's Sons.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 August #1
    The all-too-possible future in this suspenseful dystopian novel amplifies the undocumented immigrant experience in the U.S. In 2032, the violent death of a young girl at the Great American Wall near San Diego gives the authoritarian, xenophobic president the right moment to enact a media shutdown and launch the Deportation Force (DF), a brutal extension of ICE that operates outside the law. Eleventh-grader Vali has lived safely with her mami and eight-year-old brother, Ernie, in Vermont since her father was deported back to Colombia. But now the DF is closing in. When Mami's counterfeit wrist identification chip malfunctions, Vali and Ernie must leave her behind to survive. Vali trusts a coyote to drive them to California, which has declared itself a sanctuary. At the halfway mark they are on foot, hunted by drones, and barely escape an attempt to force Vali into prostitution. Death edges closer every hour as hunger, thirst, and injury sap their energy. This intense, realistic novel never lets up, even as Vali flashes back to the love and sacrifices that sustain her. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Paola Mendoza is an author, film director, activist, and artist working at the leading edge of human rights. A co-founder of the Women's March, she served as its artistic director and co-authored the New York Times bestseller Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. Paola's film credits include the award-winning Entre Nos, Free Like the Birds, and Autumn's Eyes.
Abby Sher is an award-winning writer and performer. She is the author of Miss You Love You Hate You Bye, All the Ways the World Can End, Breaking Free, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying, and Kissing Snowflakes. One of her essays was included in the first season of Amazon TV's Modern Love. Abby has written and performed for the Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, HBO, and NPR.

Subject: Voyages and travels > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Illegal aliens > Fiction.
Hispanic Americans > Fiction.
Science fiction.

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