Efren Divided (MP3 CD)
A powerful story about a family torn apart by deportation and a young boy forced to grow up too quickly. Efrén’s struggles, while all-too common, are still those that the average person does not have to worry about, but Cisneros creates such realistic characters that the reader can’t help but empathize.
With an ending that doesn’t shy away from hard truths but remains ultimately hopeful, Efrén Divided is essential reading.— tee
Spring 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“This book is, unfortunately, very relevant to our current political climate and to too many young readers. That’s what makes it so important. When Efrén’s mother is suddenly deported, he has to figure out how to balance his relationships at school with his new responsibilities at home. As if middle school wasn’t hard enough! Reading about those most affected by the immigration crisis will make anyone want to take action to change this story to fiction.”
— Riley Jay Davis, Next Chapter Booksellers, St. Paul, MN
"We need books to break open our hearts, so that we might feel more deeply, so that we might be more human in these unkind times. This is a book doing work of the spirit in a time of darkness." --Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
Efr n Nava's Am is his Superwoman--or Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Am and Ap work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efr n and his younger siblings Max and M a feel safe and loved.
But Efr n worries about his parents; although he's American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Am doesn't return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, M xico.
Now more than ever, Efr n must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family.
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