Illegal – a book by Bettina Restrepo
Published by Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins
Hardcover and e-book
** Listed as one of the top ten debut novels for children in 2011 – Booklist**
**Listed as a YALSA “Quick Pick” for relunctant readers, 2011. – American Library Association.
** Listed on the Amelia Bloomer list, 2011 – American Library Association Committee for Outstanding Feminist Literature for young readers.
** Listed on the Texas TAYSHAS recommended reads**
Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—in wait of her father’s return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her quinceañera. This gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl’s unique, yet universal immigrant experience.
“This memorable coming-of-age story will awaken readers to the overlooked struggles of immigrants.” –Kirkus Reviews
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