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|My family divided : one girl's journey of home, loss, and hope|
Author: Guerrero, Diane
A TV star presents her personal story in this middle grade memoir about her parents' deportation and the nightmarish struggles of undocumented immigrants and their American children.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 195886
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 74931
School Library Journal (+) (06/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 6–8—An adapted version of Guerrero's Alex Award—winning In the Country We Love: My Family Divided for middle schoolers. Guerrero recounts with candor her early life as a child of undocumented immigrants living in a supportive community in Boston: the joys of rollerblading with friends coupled with the fearful reality of being stopped by the police or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). When Guerrero was just 14 years old, her parents were suddenly deported and she was left to rely on the care of family friends as no one from Child Protective Services or ICE ever checked on her. Money, corrupt lawyers, and language barriers were among the obstacles preventing her parents from obtaining citizenship. Guerrero thoughtfully touches on the resulting trauma of this event, including bouts of depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts; readers sensitive to such topics may have difficulty with these passages. Throughout the book, the tone is conversational and peppered with humor; however, Guerrero does not mince words when discussing racism, politics, and family tensions as well as the fear, shame, and emotional turmoil she experienced. VERDICT A moving coming-of-age memoir for middle schoolers. Pair with Reyna Grande's The Distance Between Us.—Laura Dooley-Taylor, Lake Zurich Middle School North, Hawthorn Woods, IL - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2018 In her “Call to Action” at the end of My Family Divided, Guerrero states that 7 percent of school-age children in the U.S. have at least one undocumented parent, a staggering number. When she lost her parents to deportation, she felt utterly alone. As an adult, she knows that isn’t the case, and this young readers’ adaptation of her adult memoir, In the Country We Love (2016), her moving account—which addresses her heartbreak, her struggles after losing her parents and being forgotten by the local government, her depression, and her resolve to succeed—should help young readers in similar situations find the reassurance she missed out on. Though her story is occasionally difficult to bear, Guerrero and Moroz’s conversational tone makes it digestible, and the many photographs throughout lighten things up between chapters. As an activist, Guerrero also gives readers a path to action themselves, whether they’re in her shoes or simply want to help, writing, “I’ve chosen to view my ordeal as an opportunity to be a voice for millions.” Truly a book of our generation. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.