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Title: Torn Between Worlds
Author: Nancy Blodgett Klein
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
What’s it about? A story about a 12-year-old Mexican girl who, with her father, comes to the United States illegally, in search of a better life. Isabel´s sixth-grade teacher suggests she keep a journal, where she can pour out the feelings she used to share with her mother. She encourages her to take the newspaper home to improve her English and learn about world events and politics. Isabel is horrified by the events that take place on September 11, 2001 in the US, witnesses a political demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico where people are killed, and is forced to flee to Madrid, Spain to keep her and her mother safe from harm. This coming-of-age story, written in journal format, spans three years and three countries. Isabel grows from innocent child into confident young woman through turbulent times, desperately trying to find a place to belong.
How did you hear about it? Through my writers´ group
Closing comments: The author has done a great job of writing from the point of view of a young illegal immigrant girl sharing her innermost thoughts as she deals with trying to fit in, a new language and frightening current events. Isabel is living in the United States at the time of the 911 attacks. A scary time for all young people but even more so for immigrant children. She documents her fears, joys, ideas and hopes as she moves between Mexico, the US, and Spain. We learn about her friends, her first kiss and how she deals with her parents failing marriage. Growing up is never easy, but for Isabel, it’s especially difficult. I highly recommend this book.
Contributor: Darlene Foster
Darlene Foster grew up on a ranch in Alberta, Canada, where her love of reading inspired her to see the world and write stories about a young girl who travels to interesting places. Over the years she worked in rewarding jobs such as an employment counsellor, ESL teacher, recruiter, and retail manager, writing whenever she had a few spare minutes. She is now retired and has a house in Spain where she writes full time. When not travelling, meeting interesting people, and collecting ideas for her books, she enjoys spending time with her husband and entertaining rescue dogs, Dot and Lia. Website: www.darlenefoster.ca
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