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We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Candlewick Press
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Susan Yes. The blank pages are there on purpose. The publisher and I felt that the political climate at this time was too risky for the names and images of …moreYes. The blank pages are there on purpose. The publisher and I felt that the political climate at this time was too risky for the names and images of the participants to be revealed. But their experiences and insights were FAR too important at this time not to be heard. We hope you and all the readers understand, and also get to know the brave and caring folks in WE ARE HERE TO STAY.(less)

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Emma
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults is a collection of several different young immigrants's real-life stories. All the immigrants in this book are very different: they come from various countries, they have different cultures and backstories on how they came to be in the US. But all of them have one thing in common: for one reason or another they are now undocumented immigra
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Alyssa Nelson
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

We Are Here to Stay tells the story of young, undocumented people in America, and it is both heartwrenching and uplifiting. These young people have such bright dreams and are working so hard to achieve success in their lives; I am inspired by them and am so glad to have been able to read their stories.

I love that this collection includes people from all kinds of different situations. We he
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Kristen
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, arcs
This was an interesting anthology about kids who were brought over to America as children and their stories as undocumented young adults. I wish that some of the stories would have been a little longer. They would have had more impact that way. I still think it's worth the read if you're interested in the subject.
Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don't have much to say about this. The title is pretty self-explanatory.
Nine Young-Adults talk about their journey to America and what happened once they got there. They come from all over and have one thing in common. At some point in their life, they were undocumented, or still are. There is also the story of a reverend that made it his mission to help people that come across a desert to get to the States.

Each story was tou
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Barbara
Nothing makes clearer the current political climate than the fact that this excellent nonfiction book contains no photographs or names of the undocumented individuals whose stories are told here. Originally, those were a part of the book, but due to the uncertainty surrounding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), those and any other identifying information have been removed. Although the necessity to do this saddens me, I can certainly understand this since the author and publisher wou ...more
Liza Wiemer
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults is a collection of experiences of undocumented students. WOW! These stories are not only eye-opening, but show how we need more kindness & compassion & laws to help these immigrants seeking a safe life in America with opportunities to get a good education, contribute to our society & thrive. This book makes it personal, giving voice to the fear, struggle, despair, and dreams for these YA.

A must read!

Thank you to the publisher for providin
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Karlan
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, ya
The author interviewed nine young people who have lived with the secret of illegal US residence. Each story is different and engaging as the reader learns how and why they arrived in the US. Although it is published for teen readers, most adults would learn something by reading about the nine lives.
Joe Schrock
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for an intelligent, informed discussion about immigration.
Alyssa
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ritba-2021
Incredibly emotional and eye-opening. I'd love to see this book being read in classrooms across America. The variety of stories between these pages work to disrupt the one-note narrative of immigration in our country. This is a very special book.
Leslie
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kudos to the author for investigating the lives of undocumented young adults and then moving forward with publication after Trump ended DACA. The lack of names (only initials) and the empty frames where photos would be are a bold statement about the lives, the aspirations, the achievements of these young people whose lives are now on hold and back in the shadows. The first-person accounts create a compelling story, and the notes and timeline at the back of the book expands information on immigra ...more
Erin Kelley
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first book that I had ever read in an interview style and I really liked it. I thought that the book was actually pretty fun to read because the "youth" just bled through and even though the subject matter was hard the voices made it relatable and lively. Despite being fun it was hard to read at points. When Y--- was talking about how she went to congress and had to listen to congressmen saying awful things about immigrants, I cried. I wanted the missing pictures so much and I think ...more
Tabrizia
Such a compelling and inspirational anthology of essays about what I feel is the true meaning of not just the American Dream, but of endurance. I hope one day the author can republish these stories with their faces and names. Their stories need to be out of the shadows. Their aspirations and dreams need to inspire all cultures and citizens.
Kasey Fernandez
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This title made me aware of so many issues that immigrants far after arriving in the US. Each story is a manageable size for most readers. I love this book and I hope that educators across the globe embrace this title!
Abigail
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: work-books
Interesting, but not riveting.
Susie
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: activism
Honest and real perspectives from youth about their experiences on their paths to the U.S., the challenges they and their families faced, and what it is like to live in a country where some people don't want you there. Excellent dive into a topic that can seem to be clearly right vs. wrong, but is definitely more nuanced and personal.
Teenreadsdotcom
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Susan Kuklin is an award-winning author and photographer who currently resides in New York City along with her husband. Kuklin’s photos have appeared in Museum of the City of New York, Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, as well as a few documentaries. She has also written over 30 books for children and young adults including NO CHOIRBOY: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row and BEYOND MAGENTA: Transgender Teens Speak Out, which was given the title of Stonewall Honor Book. Kuklin’s most ...more
Steff Pasciuti
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, important, arcs, ya
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We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults by Susa Kuklin is heartbreaking. But it is also filled with so much hope. Detailing the accounts of several young immigrants’ lives, We Are Here to Stay is a collection of written experiences that does an amazing job of building a great deal of empathy with its readers. The experiences described are raw and painful, but they are also deeply inspiring. Each person has persevered through a great deal in a world that h
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Danielle Grise
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ritba-2021
This absolutely puts "faces" to the unnamed, trying-to-be-invisible undocumented people in our country. With the current political climate, and the stories of these children, it is almost impossible to put this book down without a deepened awareness of the struggles they face - feeling a part of this country, but like the poor stepchild noone wants to acknowledge. The stories are from all over, not just people of Latina descent, which I think also heightens people's awareness of the issue. The i ...more
lisa
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My jaded self didn't expect to be that moved by more stories of undocumented people and their fight for citizenship. However, the stories in this book are absolutely riveting. When flipping through it, I was disappointed in the lack of pictures, but when I read the reason for it, I thought it was a great move. I also honestly thought I wouldn't connect to the voices because of the lack of names, but again, I didn't notice it.

#weneeddiversebooks
Sunday
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eagle scout.
Student at an Ivy League school.
Assistant manager at a hotel (who started as house cleaner determined to work her way up).
A welder and teacher studying to be an electrical engineer.
An activist in a local chapter of QUIP [Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project].
An accounting major.
The first Latino in a group of eleven high school student journalists selected (from across the nation) to go to D.C.

Arriving in the U.S. from Mexico, Colombia, Korea, Ghana...as children and young teens…all
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Lynn
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Today's non-fiction post is on We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults by Susan Kuklin. It is 192 pages long and is published by Candlewick Press. The has a pair of hands holding up a sign with the title on it. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- With refreshing candor, nine young people speak out about being undocumented.
Meet nine courageous young adult who have lived in the United States with a sec
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Laura Gardner
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this illuminating and haunting NF book about our immigration crisis and the youth trapped within it. This book belongs in ALL middle and high school libraries and is an important text in this divisive time.
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@susankuklin2, author and photographer of the award-winning book BEYOND MAGENTA, wrote a very different book than what has been published here and necessarily so. Since she interviewed the undocumented young adults for this book, their DACA status has become uncertain to
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Jill
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
The American Dream is worth fighting for! The empathy within this book provides serves as a call to action.

Author, Susan Kuklin began this book several years ago as she collected stories and more importantly photos of immigrants that arrived or remained illegally in the United States. As this book approached its publication date, and the current United States President began rolling back immigrant protections, Kuklin was forced to pull the photos and change names for privacy and protection of th
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Dorie
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We Are Here To Stay:Voices of Undocumented Young Adults.
by Susan Kuklin
2019??
Candlewick Press

Nine Young adults share their experiences of fleeing the poverty and violence, seeking an education. A chance to have a better life with opportunity.
They all have something in common.
They are all here illegally. They are undocumented.

With courage and honesty, they reveal their pasts. It's heartbreaking but full of hope. Especially liked "We Saw A Rabbit" and "Under My Shadow". The stories are vibrant a
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Miranda
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Kuklin’s book brings readers first hand accounts of young immigrants - many of which were/are undocumented - and their various reasons for coming to the United States. By allowing these individuals to tell their stories in their own voice, the stories they tell are much more personal, much more heartbreaking and imbued with a sense of urgency - especially given current rhetoric and debate regarding immigration.

Each of these stories features young children who choose to leave behind their homes
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Mrs. Kenyon
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
These nine young people have a story to tell. They all have lived in the United States for most of their lives, but they are undocumented. They come from a variety of countries: Columbia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came for different reasons; most for an education, some were running away from violence and others were trying to leave a life of poverty. They all have a story to tell and this is it.

We Are Here to Stay is a non-fiction book filled with truths and heartache. Th
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
We are Here to Stay by Susan Kuklin, 157 pages. Candlewick Press, 2019. $19.99

Language: PG-13 (14 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13

BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS – OPTIONAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

The American dream gives hope to more than those born in America. This collection of anonymous personal accounts explains the hope and desperation of those who take the chance to come to America any way they can. Individuals and families sacrifice and advocate for a better future—an opport
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Andrea
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was written from the viewpoint of several undocumented young adults of different cultures. I try not to read about what happens with really young kids trying to cross with no parents, but coyotes their parents pay to accompany them thinking they will be safe. It makes me crazy to read details. I am aware of what is happening. The stories of these young, courageous kids is mind blowing. How they badly want to contribute to society and have to hide their status from even those they’re closest ...more
Gerry
3-1/2 stars. We Are Here To Stay is a compilation of interviews with undocumented young adults living in America. All came to the US as children. They fled hardships and danger, or left relatively comfortable lives because their parents wanted something better for them. They came to the US from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and South Korea. Some crossed mountains and desert under horrific circumstances to enter the US from Mexico; others simply drove across the border with legitima ...more
Carro Herdegen
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG13 (14 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13
The American dream gives hope to more than those born in America. This collection of anonymous personal accounts explains the hope and desperation of those who take the chance to come to America any way they can. Individuals and families sacrifice and advocate for a better future—an opportunity to live the American dream.
These stories are shared to gain awareness and empathy for undocumented immigrants, and the conspicuous re
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