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"The Crossroads" by Alexandra Diaz

Age: 8-12 years

After crossing Mexico into the United States, Jaime Rivera struggles with the idea of calling this strange place “home.” But when things look bleak, hope arrives from unexpected places. This sequel to “The Only Road” captures the experience of a young undocumented immigrant living in New Mexico, where he must learn to overcome homesickness, find ways to connect despite a language barrier and discover what it means to start over in a new place that alternates between being wonderful and completely unwelcoming.

Alexandra Diaz has won a number of awards for her children’s books, including “The Only Road” and “The Crossroads” (Simon & Schuster). She worked with her mother to translate both of these books into Spanish. Diaz is the daughter of Cuban refugees and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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