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“A lyrical and poignant coming-of-age story about one girl’s immigration experience, as she moves from Haiti to New York City…”

Behind the Mountains

Written by Edwidge Danticat
Published by Scholastic, Inc.

It is election time in Haiti, and bombs are going off in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. During a visit from her home in rural Haiti, Celiane Espérance and her mother are nearly killed. Looking at her country with new eyes, Celiane gains a fresh resolve to be reunited with her father in Brooklyn, New York.

The harsh winter and concrete landscape of her new home are a shock to Celiane, who witnesses her parents’ struggle to earn a living and her brother’s uneasy adjustment to American society, and at the same time encounters her own challenges with learning and school violence.

National Book Award finalist Edwidge Danticat weaves a beautiful, honest, and timely story of the American immigrant experience in this luminous novel about resilience, hope, and family.

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Publication Date: April 2022
Available As: Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade , Age 08 or older

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Setting: Haiti (Port-au-Prince); United States (Brooklyn NY)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant, Refugee

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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