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Santiago's Road Home

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Young refugees flee violence, form bonds in intense story.

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Alexandra Diaz paints a harrowing, heart-filled story of Mexican young people fleeing violence, the family bond they form, and how getting across the border is just the beginning of their troubles. Santiago's Road Home is long, complicated, and filled with danger, and the reader shares Santiago's conflicted emotions as he experiences the first kindness he's known since his mother died and bonds with Maria Dolores and little Alegria, only to be torn from them by the immigration system. There's a lot of love in this story, and it has a lot to overcome.

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