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Return to Sender by Julia Álvarez
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May 30, 12

bookshelves: realistic-fiction, ya-lit
Read from May 17 to 29, 2012

As I search and search for good books written for middle school students by Hispanic American writers, I went back once again to Julia Alvarez. I so enjoyed her book In the Time of the Butterflies (for adults) and Before We Were Free, for young people. This time, though, her writing was very bland, very juvenile. I like when a writer can reach across to both YA's and adults. This story was just not well written. There were sterotypes and caricatures, and I just expected a better story from this writer.
The story of Tyler, from a farm in Vermont, and his relationship with Mari, the daughter of an illegal migrant worker, is presented to the reader from both points of view, sometimes using letters as a means of telling Mari's part of the story. Mari's mom has gone missing, and the family is in constant terror of being found out by La Migra. Through the use of a telescope, the two develop a deep friendship.
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