Parents' Guide to

The Crossroads

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Refugee kids find new life in nuanced, relatable sequel.

The Crossroads Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

Author Alexandra Diaz continues to deliver a complex, relatable, heartwarming story of two undocumented cousins fleeing gang violence back home and trying to settle into new lives. Many kind people offer help and support in The Crossroads, but there's lots to worry about, from immigration-status issues to a school bully who tells them that parents who love their kids don't send them away.

The struggle to stay safe, do the right thing, and protect your loved ones is real. Here, Jaime considers going back to Guatemala to deal with the gangsters who have killed his grandmother, and his older brother responds:

"'What do you plan to do, kill them? Do you really want to be responsible for someone's death? You'd be no better than they are.'

"'I—' but Tomás was right. Jaime couldn't become like them. That's what happened to Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars."

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate