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Efrén Divided

Efrén Divided

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While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico. Includes glossary of Spanish words.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062881687
006288168X
Call Number: J FIC CIS
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 22 cm
Bib Control Number: 1140208

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From Kirkus: Twelve-year-old Efrén Nava’s world is turned upside down the day he comes back from school and his mother is nowhere to be found. His neighbor Doña Chana tells him that an ICE raid was conducted at the supermarket and that Amá was picked up and deported to Mexico. When his father ta... Read More »


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Efren's parents crossed the boarder before he was born to give him a better life. Now Efren is 12 and his mother is deported back to Mexico. It is now Efren's job to care for his little brother and sister while his dad works overtime to help get the money to get Ama back. This book tells the story in a way that is so relatable. I feel Efren's fear and his worry. It is a story of resilience and hope. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about the experiences of 1st generation Mexican Americans. Grades 4 and up.

Tigard_LindsayD Mar 08, 2020

Realistic fiction about a middle schooler, Efrén, whose mother is deported to Mexico. A slice of life of caring for siblings, navigating school, and deciding whether to start trying to make a bigger difference for his school, community, and country. I'd recommend to educators and kids asking for realistic, emotionally complex stories.

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