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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Alvarez Narrator: Ozzie Rodriguez, Olivia Preciado Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?
In a novel full of hope, but no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erika Conley | 2/9/2014

    " Main character Tyler is facing the loss of his grandfather, a father who is recovering from an accident, losing his family farm, and the conflict of having undocumented migrant workers working on his farm. Mari also faces her own conflicts. There is no real happy ending in this story, but there is an obvious political message well-integrated into the story. The author did a great job intertwining a wonderful human interest story of friendship, immigration, and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ramira | 1/16/2014

    " The instructor in my writing class recommended I read this because of its way of dealing with migrant worker and immigrant issues. It's told from the perspective of pre-teens in Vermont, but it addresses tough issues (missing mothers, the threat of deportation, the real meaning of patriotism, etc.) and has endearing characters. I was impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 1/9/2014

    " A little preachy at times, but its empathy keeps from being propaganda. A great story for young people about the complexity and human side of U.S. immigration policy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elle Drue | 12/31/2013

    " Not a bad book. The baseline story is a great idea, but the author's decision to write both point of views in third person was a mistake. I think it keeps readers from emotionally connecting with the main characters. Despite the flaws in the writing, this novel does a fantastic job in finding commonalities within two different cultures and languages. "

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