Mini Book Reviews

Efren Divided (MG)

by Ernesto Cisneros

Efren is an American-born child of illegal Mexican immigrants living in Southern California. When his mother is caught by immigration officers and deported, Efren must balance caring for his younger twin siblings with his own school work and friendships, while also helping his father find a way to bring his mother back.

This story was beautiful and heartbreaking. The writing was excellent, though the consistent mix of Spanish and English words could be confusing at times. Despite the significant and heavy issues addressed in the story, there’s a strength, determination, and hope that runs through it. Definitely worth reading.

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