Reviews by Tag: immigrants

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Love in English by Maria E. Andrew

Love in English

By Maria E. Andrew
Rated by
Kritika S.
Jun 15, 2022

Love in English is written by Maria E. Andreu. It’s a young adult romance. The main character is Ana, a girl from Argentina in South America who loves writing poetry. Her family moved to the United States and Ana and her mother are struggling to adapt to the new place. Back home, she had plenty of true, laugh-until-you-cry friends but in her new school, finding friends is going to be a special kind of struggle. On top of that, Ana speaks Spanish and learning second languages doesn’t come easily.

Teen Review
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising

By Pam Muñoz Ryan
Rated by
Aubrey M.
May 9, 2022

Esperanza is a young girl whose father owns a ranch called El Rancho de las Rosas in Mexico. The night before her thirteenth birthday, something terrible happens. A series of events eventually forces Esperanza and her Mama to go to the United States in secret, where they hope to start a new life. In the United States, Esperanza’s life is changed forever. She must take care of babies, manage housework, and more. Will Esperanza be able to learn patience and strength as her new life unfolds before her and many things threaten to pull her down?

Teen Review
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club

By Amy Tan
Rated by
Niki S.
Apr 7, 2022

The Joy Luck Club follows the story of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their daughters. Tan does an excellent job in portraying an immigrant mother and her first generation daughter relationship. She also does a great job in representing generational and cultural differences as these mothers move to America, and their daughters learn to assimilate. Each chapter talks about a different person, their story, and what they have learned from it.

Teen Review
American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street

By Ibi Zoboi
Rated by
RIshi S.
Nov 17, 2021

When Fabiola and her mother are trying to move from Haiti to Detroit to go live with their family there, her mother tragically gets detained. Fabiola is presented with an opportunity to get her mother back, but it results in a messy entanglement in crime and dirty family matters.

I enjoyed this book a lot because the character development and plot kept the story surprising. The main development shown is that Fabiola learns to cope with loss and I think the overall moral is to keep good company because she gets involved in things like drug dealing and gang violence.

Teen Review
Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj

Count Me In

By Varsha Bajaj
Rated by
Shreya A.
Nov 17, 2021

Count Me In is a heartwarming and eye-opening fiction novel by Varsha Bajaj. This book is about Chris and Karina who were not friends until Karina's grandfather started tutoring Chris. On the way back from the tutoring session, Karina, Chris, and Karina's grandfather get attacked by an immigrant hater. That attack left Karina outraged. She and Chris tried to change the world’s perspective to look at immigrants not as terrorists but as good people.

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