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For a family divided, love knows no borders.

In this evocative fictional story inspired by today’s headlines, the immigrant family of thirteen-year-old Emma Cabezas is ripped apart. Her older brother faces deportation after attempting to renew his DACA status and her parents are dragged away in handcuffs by immigration officers. Family friend Sandi Moreno takes her in, but
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Published February 2018
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Eileen Keane
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that is very significant, especially right now. It’s told from the perspective of Emma, a 13-year-old Honduran American. It’s written in the first person, as if you’re reading her diary or having a conversation. We follow Emma and her family, trying to live in an America where some of them are not welcome. DACA and deportation play a major part, as Emma tries to navigate life without her parents and brother. Finally driven to extremes, Emma embarks on a journey way beyond her exp ...more
James B. Scott
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This timely book allowed me to back off from the highly politicized debate surrounding our immigration laws and policies and instead intensely feel the impact the implementation of these abstract-sounding issues would have on a real and productive American immigrant family. The story is told diary-like through the eyes of Emma, a thirteen-year-old girl who I felt was entirely lifelike. Her family is plunged into chaos through the seemingly arbitrary and unfeeling application of immigration law a ...more
Laura
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Thanks to this book, I got 4 hours of sleep.
This book was amazing. I rarely give 5 stars because I save that for what I consider truly outstanding books and this is one them.
This book deals with the current immigration issues that are plaguing this nation and the DACA issue as well. I am a strong supporter of DACA so I may be biased in favor of this book as well as allowing more people in from Mexico and Central America. The reason? What she covers
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Terri Luckey
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story reached out, gripped my heart, and held it hostage as I turned each page to learn what would happen next. The author did a terrific job of making today's headlines relevant by allowing us to experience them through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Emma, who's family is shattered when her brother tries to renew his DACA paperwork, is detained, and ICE agents come knocking at their door. ...more
Mary
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With immigration being a frequent topic these days I found this book heart wrenching and well written
Carmen
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Editorial Review:
Plot: 3.5/5
Flow: 4/5
Character Development: 3.5/5
World Building: 4/5
Overall: 4/5 Stars

Anyone and everyone should read this book, especially with it being such a relevant topic. Stories like this are rarely ever heard, and usually, unfortunately, only one side is usually told - this is a fictionalized story from the victim's point of view.

My Take on the Book:
I admire Emma Cabezas for the way she takes on part time jobs to get some extra money in; though one thing that I felt hung
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Cherye Elliott
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life goes on

I started reading this book and thought geez another bleeding heart liberal whining about immigration law. The book wasn't like that. The book is a tale seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl. She doesn't understand why this is happening to her Dad and brother.

Here is my problem with the story. Mom was anticipating the family to be deported. They knew they were in the wrong....why else would they give a power of attorney to a friend to take care of Em?

Yes, they broke the
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Don Robins
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Story Worth Reading

With so much "noise" in the media about immigration here in the USA, it becomes difficult to separate fact from fiction and rhetoric from reality. Even though this is a story of fiction, for many families in America, it details the pathways of their daily lives and struggles to normalize what otherwise is a fear-filled existence. As one who possesses a "green card" because I came to America from another country, I have learned the Joy's of living here. This book and this aut
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Sherry
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because there was a couple times I was so bothered by what was happening that I considered putting it down. But I know the author, have enjoyed her other books, and said, Nope, I'll keep on. And I was so glad I did. Thanks, Diane, for addressing this heartbreaking issue. ...more
Purnima Kar
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it's a very different and emotional book written from the pov of a child...the story plot is so different from the previous books i have read...the story also gives insights into many sensitive and serious issues...it's a book worth reading... ...more
Karen
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A timely story spotlighting the disruption immigration policies can cause in a family, even if part of the family are American citizens. Very well written.
Hollie Lee
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read

This was an interesting story. The main character has to go through so much for such a young girl but, still turns out ok.
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