Happy book birthday to We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez! This book details the flight of three teens from their home country to escape the violence that they’ve been forced to be subjected to. An incredibly important detailed account of what is sure to be a rough journey as these characters follow the train system that leads up through to what they hope will be a better life than the one they’ve known. They end up leaving behind everything but a backpack of belongings, including their families.
A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border. Pulga has his dreams. Chico has his grief. Pequeña has her pride. And these three teens have one another. But none of them have illusions about the town they’ve grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Even with the love of family, threats lurk around every corner. And when those threats become all too real, the trio knows they have no choice but to run: from their country, from their families, from their beloved home. Crossing from Guatemala through Mexico, they follow the route of La Bestia, the perilous train system that might deliver them to a better life–if they are lucky enough to survive the journey. With nothing but the bags on their backs and desperation drumming through their hearts, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña know there is no turning back, despite the unknown that awaits them. And the darkness that seems to follow wherever they go. In this powerful story inspired by current events, the plight of migrants at the U.S. southern border is brought to painful, poignant, vivid life. An epic journey of danger, resilience, heartache, and hope.