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 to 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 friend 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. An amazing read for children ages 8-12, this book is full of diary entry’s, letters, and real time story telling on the struggles of Mari’s family and the fate of Tyler’s farm, will their friendship survive these differences?
6.9in x 11in