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Nadia Alvarez, a fifteen-year-old Mexican immigrant travels from a remote and poverty stricken village in southern Mexico with her family to the United States. They sneak illegally into the country through a drain pipe that connects from Sonora, Mexico to Arizona. As the family enters into the country, the Border Patrol is waiting for them and they are captured all except ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by North Star Press of St. Cloud
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Carolyn Boehlke
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Best book I've ever read! ;)
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Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Chasing the Moon was a story about a fifteen-year-old illegal immigrant called Nadia who came into the United States to find a better life. The book starts off with what happened when Nadia successfully crossed the border without getting caught. She started working in a farm for a cruel man who got his labor mainly from illegal immigrants. Not long after Nadia started working for him, she got into trouble and had to run away from the
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Fatema
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
As an immigration attorney and immigration reform activist who lives in Minneapolis, I was intrigued by the subject of the book. I did research the author to see if she had any background in working with immigrants, but I couldn't find anything to indicate why she was interested in this topic. Overall, the book is ok, 2.5 stars. I appreciated the agonizing details of the trip over the border that many immigrants make. However, many times I was confused on which language was being spoken or ...more
Vanessa
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A heart-wrenching story about a girl's pursuit for a better life in America.
Nadia, 15, is separated from her family on their journey across the border when her family and friends are caught by the Border Patrol. She continues on and finds work in Arizona, while disguising herself as a boy. Don't be tricked by the initial imagery in the novel--her toil as a farmer pales in comparison to the horrors that Nadia faces on the way to, and in, America. Chasing the Moon provides a unique perspective
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Debbie
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a YA novel, this is a more than adequate book. In particular, the last third or so, when Nadia is in Minneapolis, were engrossing.

If I had been Ms. Boehlke's advisor, I would have recommended writing the book in the third person - child narrators are too problematic, and especially if their experiences are so far from what the author has ever experienced.

i would also remind her that people make conscious - not conscientious - decisions.

That said - I'll pass the book on to our high school
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Carol Brusegar
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chasing the Moon is an engaging story of a 15 year old girl who enters the United States without documentation/illegally. It's a story of pain, deception, abuse - and unselfish caring in the midst of horrible circumstances. With all the discussion about immigration reform, it's a view of the situation from a single person's point of view. Perhaps reading it can humanize the perspective and open minds and hearts to look at the situation differently. There are no easy answers, but a humanistic ...more
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked the story but wanted to know more of how the epilogue fit in!
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Carolyn Boehlke was born and raised in Stevens Point, WI, and began writing stories as a child. The love and passion for writing led her to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she earned Bachelor's degrees in English and Women's Studies. After a move to Minneapolis, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Hamline University. A writing and communications instructor for ...more

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