Teenagers from Guatemala describe why they left that country and how they have adjusted to life in their new homeland.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5 UpThese series entries shed light on the immigrant experience of adolescents coming primarily from the third world. Both titles begin with brief introductions that describe the socioeconomic and political conditions that shaped these teenagers' lives in their native countries and compelled them to seek a better life here. The rest of the text is comprised of short personal narratives by the young people, who recount bittersweet memories of their homeland, families and friends left behind, the often-harrowing rigors of entering the U.S., and the realities of life for immigrants. One is struck by the terrible hardships that these teenagers have endured. Separation from loved ones is commonplace as parents and siblings gain entry to the U.S. at different intervals or not at all. In the case of the Guatemalans, many have lost family members in the political violence that occurred there. Despite the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture, most of the narrators express gratitude for the educational and career opportunities available to them here. Black-and-white photographs depicting life in the highlighted country amplify the teens' descriptions of their homelands. Two books that give valuable insight into the lives of young people today.Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
Write a Review
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >