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Children's LiteratureEvery year a steady influx of immigrants arrives in both the United States and Canada from the disparate nations of South America. Some of these travelers are political refugees from war-torn lands. Others are fleeing poverty. For some, the trip to North America is to rejoin family members who have already immigrated. In any case, the movement of people from South America north is a continuous flow that has increased over time. Barnett outlines the history of this immigration and some of its major consequences. In telling this story, the author touches upon issues such as prejudice, language demands, cultural barriers, and the economic want some immigrants experience. By and large, the people who risk all to go to a new land are generally highly motivated to succeed. This tale of migration is an excellent stand-alone resource. It is part of the illustrated series entitled "The Changing Face of North America." 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck