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All the Stars Denied

(Shame the Stars Series)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  38 reviews
In a companion novel to her critically acclaimed Shame the Stars, Guadalupe Garcia McCall tackles the hidden history of the United States and its first mass deportation event that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 15th 2018 by Lee & Low/Tu Books (first published 2018)
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Not too long ago, I wrote about casually scrolling through thirteen or so online English syllabi, the first thirteen google results. I wanted to write about and address the point that erasure of culture happens in public and private educations. The pronounced absence, the purposeful omission of Latinxs from American curriculum, is a political choice that has devastating consequences. (More on those consequences later). I then expanded my English literature syllabi search by tenaciously scrolling ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
During the Great Depression, times were bleak for most people, but especially for Mexican-Americans living near the border, as they were often used a scapegoat. More than 1 million Mexican-Americans, including 600,000 citizens were "repatriated" to Mexico, Author McCall tells the story of fifteen year-old Estrella del Toro and her family who are doing better than many on their ranch in southern Texas. However, racism is mounting in the local town, and some neighbors have "disappeared" (i.e., bee ...more
Harrowing and important, All the Stars Denied explores a bleak moment when the US turned against Mexican-Americans as scapegoats for its social and economic woes. Through Estrella’s journey first toward activism and then back home after deportation, Guadalupe García McCall sketches with deft and poignant strokes a model of courage for our own darkling times.

This loose sequel to Shame the Stars is arguably the most important YA novel of 2018.
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Y.A. readers/ teachers
Plot: During the Great Depression, 15-year-old Estrella and her family are “repatriated” to Mexico, despite the fact that they are all American citizens.
(Opening line)-“I’ve been thinking a lot about the desparecidos in Montesco.”
My Reflections: As an avid reader of history, I have read many books about the unjust incarceration of Japanese- American citizens during WW2. I was unaware until I read this book tha a full decade earlier, U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent were being forceably removed
Tina ( As Told By Tina )
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Content/Trigger Warnings for: Racism and racial slurs, Kidnapping and abduction, Abuse, Violence.

I hardly ever read historical fiction. There’s no real reason why just that it is not a genre that I personally find myself picking up. When it came time to pick a book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I
Laura Gardner
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 for ALL THE STARS DENIED by @guadalupemccall .
Stunning cover alert!! Captures the book perfectly. @leeandlow WTG!
I love how historical fiction can both teach us about the past and help us better understand the present. This stunning middle grade book about family separation, wrongful deportation and dehumanization of people of color is captures a forgotten part of history that is even more relevant today. .
Estrella loves to daydream and write poems about nature. It is 19
I could not wait to read this stunner after I finished the tough read, Shame the Stars, by G.G. McCall. This historical read covers the horrendous repatriation of US citizens from the US. Estrella is a Mexican American teen is living in Texas during the Great Depression on her family farm but during a time when many whites want the Mexican Americans out- despite their citizenship-- the awfulness of their treatment as they are burned out of their home, the reader learns of how dark this time of h ...more
Rich in Color
Review copy: E-ARC via Edelweiss/Publisher with final copy via library

Estrella is a fifteen year-old with an appreciation of nature and poetry. She loves sitting outside observing and reflecting on the world around her. That world is beginning to turn upside-down though. People are disappearing. Restrictive laws and violence targeting Mexicans are both increasing. Estrella’s family had kept her feeling safe and secure, but things were changng rapidly.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall allows readers to get
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, 322 pages. TU Books (Lee & Low), 2018. $20. 9781620142813.

Content: Language: PG (8 swears, 0 'F'); Mature Content: PG (racism, racial slurs); Violence: PG (off-page beating, forced/illegal deportations)



Teenage Estrella and her family live in rural Texas at the height of the Great Depression. The white community has begun to turn on the Mexican Americans and Mexicanos who live in the area,
Emily Dia
I finally finished this book after months and months of reading a few pages here and there. For me, the writing style fell a little flat and clunky. AND YET, I believe that every one of my middle school students should read this because it tackles the hidden history of the first mass deportation event in the U.S., sending hundreds of thousands Mexican Americans out of the country during the Great Depression.

As I was reading this book, I was aware once again about my ignorance around so much of
Tonja Drecker
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did not read the companion novel, Shame of Stars, before reading this book. However, it was also not necessary, and I had no trouble diving into this story. In other words, it can be read as a stand alone.

It's 1931, and Estrella is fifteen years old and the daughter of a Mexican/American rancher. While the story begins with her irritation at having to help out around the ranch and take care of her younger brother more than she'd like to, it quickly shifts gears and rotates into a little known
I'm so grateful to Guadalupe Garcia McCall for writing this book and more than a little ashamed to admit that I knew absolutely nothing about the particular events that occurred during the Great Depression. There are those who consider history to be dry and boring, but certainly, it is not in the hands of this masterful storyteller. Since the book is a companion to the author's earlier Shame the Stars, readers will be familiar with the community of Monteseco and the family at the heart of this s ...more
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Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A family separated, buried in unfeeling burocracy.
Children forced into human corrals with limited protection from the elements.
People forced to fight tooth and nail for basic human rights.
This is just a small portion on my list of the reasons why I had to put this book down several times to rage clean. This is Guadalupe Garcia McCall's "All the Stars Denied" .
This historical fiction starts in southern Texas with the del Toro family. Our narrator, Estrella, is fifteen and deals with injustice in
Mary Sanchez
In this sequel to Shame the Stars, fifteen-year-old Estrella del Toro and her family still have a good life on their southern Texas ranch, Rancho Las Moras, during the Great Depression.But other Mexican Americans are not so fortunate. Many of these families have left Monteseco of their own accord, while others have been repatriated back to Mexico.

Estrella then organizes a protest against the treatment of their friends and neighbors, many of whom are also United States citizens. Soon her own fam
Raul M
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad to see this novel is aimed for Young Adults. I had to reach middle-age to finally have this tale shake me out of my ignorance. I must now acknowledge my fortune not having been born in a stage of Texas history when, due to my Spanish surname (or not appearing White enough), lawmen could've hauled me off my property in the middle of the night without my U.S. citizenship proofs, expelling me south of the Rio Grande.

Admittedly, for me to see the heroes of this author's prior novel survive
Nina Herrera
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Personally, I hated this book.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it is about a very serious topic that deserves kore attention and action. I think the problem with the novel is that the author had too much to say and didn’t take enough time to say it. Her writing style was comparable to that of a third grader with access to a thesaurus, and her characters are incredibly weak. Estrella is so loud and brash, that her character just becomes incredibly tiring very quickly. She’s laughably predictable, and oft
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book where you see a young adolescent with a strong attitude, strong in her decisions, and willingness to help people in her little community. A sad but true story that we still see now a days. People suffering, children with no parents, no jobs, and fearing they may be deported. A very strong message to those who think this should be something we should do in America. It can be very controversial, but definitely an awesome book for other students who don't know anything about this. Some stude ...more
Marie Sontag
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
McCall does a great job bringing to light the shameful behavior of some Americans toward Mexican Americans in border states during the depression. This historical fiction book personalizes the drama and trauma experienced by many forcibly displaced Mexican Americans during this time period. It's a fitting sequel to McCall's previous novel, "Shame the Stars."
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, young-adult
Teenage Estrella and her family live in rural Texas at the height of the Great Depression. The white community has begun to turn on the Mexican Americans and Mexicanos who live in the area, and one night Estrella's family is abruptly dragged from their home and forcefully "repatriated" (deported) across the Mexican border--despite being American citizens. Now Estrella faces a truly daunting challenge of caring for her mother and little brother in a country not her own, reuniting with her missing ...more
Estrella lives with her parents and baby brother in Texas during the great depression, although her family is actually fairly well off. However, the Mexican-Americans are despised and being denied access to certain stores and restaurants. Estrella and some of her friends organize a non-violent protest. Then a massive deportation results in her home getting burned down, her family being split up and being forcefully removed to Mexico.
A rarely heard story from our history, yet so relevant to what
Sandra Sy
"All the Stars Denied" by Guadalupe Garcia McCall was published in 2018. This is a great choice book for 8th graders. This book is about a young girl named Estrella and her family's journey that they involuntarily embark on. This story takes place during the Great Depression where Mexican Americans are being treated poorly and are being singled out as targets of "repatriation". By reading this book in a middle school classroom, students will be able to have conversations centered on individuals ...more
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Sailer Galusha-McRobbie
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book for upper elementary or middle school students. Tells the story of a family in Texas when things were still very segregated based on race and class. The town of hispanic people was unjustly raided and people were accused of being illegal immigrants when they had all of their paperwork and had always lived there. They were held at the border and sent to Mexico illegally. This story is very eye-opening and may be shocking to some readers that these things still take place in America. It ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Estrella has a good life with her family in Texas but not everyone is doing as well. The Great Depression is hurting everyone but Mexican-Americans are especially targeted in town. They are discriminated against by shop owners and routinely gathered up and shipped to Mexico regardless of citizenship. When Estrella and her family speak up they are separated and driven to Mexico. Can they survive and find their way back to each other?
Allison Sirovy
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With the current immigration issues and foul words from our president about people coming from Central America and Mexico, this book is timely - more than timely. Did you know that our country forced Mexicanos to leave and go to Mexico from 1929 to 1936 - even if they were American citizens? So much we are not taught in our white history classes. This important event should be taught during The Great Depression.
Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
An important book about an aspect of the Great Depression that isn't often talked about. And extremely relevant to what's happening in our own country today. The writing is supplemented with excerpts from Estrella's journal, more fully immersing you in her journey. Seriously, everyone should read this!
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid story that reveals the forced removal of Americans. I struggled though with the voice of the lead character, I felt at times she was inconsistent, and her younger brother was a cipher, as were the other characters.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This undiscovered history is some of the most important I’ve ever heard of, but I’ve only heard about it through this book. I believe that if we start to spread awareness about this issue, people will listen. This is a piece of history that should not be ignored.
Natalie Wainger
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eye opening story of Mexican Americans deportation during the Great Depression. Parts were hard to read but I feel far more educated on the historical cycle of racism and deportation for Mexican Americans.
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I was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. My family immigrated into the U.S. when I was six years old. I grew up in Eagle Pass, a small, border town in South Texas. Eagle Pass is the setting of both, my debut novel in verse, UNDER THE MESQUITE, and my 2nd novel, SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS, fall of 2012 from TU Books. After high school, I went off to Alpine in West Texas to study to become a tea ...more

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