Illegal

Written by Bettina Restrepo
Published by Katherine Tegen Books

A promise. Quinceanera. A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . . Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty waiting for her father’s return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceanera. Bettina Restrepo’s gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl’s unique yet universal immigrant experience.

Primary ISBN: 9780061953422

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Middle Grade, Age 12 or older

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Setting: Mexico, United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

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