Journey of the Sparrows

Journey of the Sparrows
Age Range
10+
Release Date
April 01, 1993
ISBN
0142302090
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Nailed into a crate in the back of a truck, fifteen-year-old Maria, her older sister, Julia, their little brother, Oscar, and a boy named Tomas endure a terrifying and torturous journey across the U.S. border and then north to Chicago. There they struggle to find work-cleaning, sewing, washing dishes-always fearful of arrest and deportation back to the cruelties of El Salvador. By turns heartbreaking and hopeful, this moving story of the secret lives of immigrants is not to be missed.

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Reader reviewed by Jose haze meraz

IF you wanna read a book full of action, the colorful texures of brown, then you should read this book, I though it was sooooooo "AMAZING" my girl friends cat almost fell!!! Fran leeper buss gets rode a lot in this great book HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHIHATEMEXICANSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Illegal imiigrant adventures
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Reader reviewed by bookworm9

After her father and brother-in-law are killed by the Guardias in El Salvador, fifteen-year-old Maria and her family flee to Mexico, where they hope to be able to journey to the United States. In the end, however, only Maria, her pregnant and widowed older sister Julia, and their small brother Oscar are nailed in a crate and smuggled across the boarder; Mama and the sick baby, Teresa, stay behind. Starting over again in Chicago, the three siblings find friendship and support from fellow illegal immigrants, as well as a New Mexican midwife and a young Caucasian priest, but they still live in fear of being deported and struggle to earn enough money for food. Emotionally stronger than either of her siblings, Maria tries to live up to her fathers prophesy that she will be the familys savior, and she does manage to improve both her familys spirits and their finances through her talent for art. Still, Maria must gather all her courage when she volunteers to journey back to Mexico, a sacrifice that might help to reunite the familyor separate them permanently.
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