Even though this summer has been busy with Professional Development and a writing class, I have been enjoying reading and writing like crazy. I wanted to give an update on my book-a-day challenge here. I am trying to read a total of 76 books in the 76 days of summer vacation that I have. As of right now I have read 40 books in 24 days. I am super excited about this and look forward to surpassing my goal for the summer. Let's see if I can keep it up!
In La Linea by Ann Jaramillo, Miguel finally gets the message that it is time for him to journey north to join his parents and the twin sisters he hasn't met yet. He gets everything together and goes to Don Clemente to pay and get the instructions for his trip. He has a going away party, says good-bye to his grandma and his sister and takes off on the journey. From day one this trip north is full of dangers and surprises, including a stowaway sister that Miguel now has to take care of. This book is full of adventure and describes some of the very real danger that people face to try to come into the United States. Miguel and his sister have been suffering as many children in Mexico do, waiting for the day when their parents will have the money to send for them. I have seen families that are separated like this, waiting to someday be able to bring the rest of the family here. I would highly recommend this book to teens, especially to Mexican-American students. I think that a lot of them will find a story that they can connect to. For teachers, I think this would be an excellent read-aloud that would highlight the issue of immigration policy.