Parents' Guide to

We Are Not from Here

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Haunting and unforgettable story of fleeing teen refugees.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Read it yourself first before offering it to your child.

This is a book for a mature child. I'm not sure I would be ok with having my own son reading it, given his temperament and values. This book is about 3 youngsters living in the midst of a violent and helpess reality. When faced with the prospect of death, they decide to run away and their adventure unfolds. There are many metaphorical elements worth meaningful discussions as well as valuable social issues being brought to light that could be something new or relatable to older children. I believe in context and think a book like this should not be pushed towards an older kid without meaning context and support for discussion possibilities. Some issues touched upon this book: teen pregnancy, sexual abuse & consent (in begging of book), immigration journey, gang violence, cultural exposure, American dream, escaping, hope.

Is It Any Good?

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This harrowing and heartbreakingly realistic novel is inspired by current events: the thousands of women, children, and men from Central America seeking refuge in the United States. The storyline of We Are Not from Here offers an opportunity for parents and teens to discuss one of today's hot-button issues. Readers can contemplate what should happen to people like Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña who want to start new lives in the United States. Should all of them be admitted? Why should someone be turned away?

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