Jennifer recently enjoyed We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez, a YA novel about a teen trio driven by desperation to cross the Mexican-U.S. border. Here is here review:

This is a compelling story based on current events. This realistic tale documents a teen trio driven by desperation to undertake a dangerous journey to leave Mexico and cross the U.S. border. The heartbreaking account of their hometown struggles highlights the poverty and violence that mark their daily lives. When their terror reaches a tipping point, the teens make the difficult and necessary decision to leave their family and community in search of hope. It soon becomes clear in this powerful story that the road forward is just as horrifying as the situation they flee. Danger awaits them in the form of a horrifying train ride, blazing heat, brutal attacks, and more. This harrowing survival story is told from alternating points of view and spotlights the risks youth and adults alike undertake in a bid for freedom. This gripping tale underlines the urgency of action to address the issues which are as real as the references shared in the back.

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