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Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
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Oct 14, 2011

really liked it

1. Junior Book-Contemporary Realism

2. Tyler Paquette is a normal American boy who is suddenly impacted by the move in of illegal migrant workers on his family farm. He meets Mari, the daughter of the migrant worker, and together they learn much about life an each other, while becoming best friends.

3a. Strong family theme

3b. Throughout this story, family was very important. From Tyler and his family, to Mari and her family, there were many life lessons learned within this story.

3c. The death of Tyler’s grandfather really affected him, and that showed how close he was to his grandfather. This is the same way Mari felt about her mother. Even though her mother was not dead, she still didn’t know her whereabouts, so she felt pain just like Tyler did. These two families seemed to make one big family by the end of the book.

4. I would use this book when learning about immigration. After reading this book, this would also be a great time to allow students to freely write how they feel about the book since it is such a controversial topic.

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