Santiago’s Road Home
Written by Alexandra Diaz
Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
The coins in Santiago’s hand are meant for the bus fare back to his abusive abuela’s house. Except he refuses to return; he won’t be missed. His future is uncertain until he meets the kind, maternal Maria Dolores and her young daughter, Alegria, who help Santiago decide what comes next: He will accompany them to el otro lado, the United States of America. They embark with little, just backpacks with water and a bit of food. To travel together will require trust from all parties, and Santiago is used to going it alone. None of the three travelers realizes that the journey through Mexico to the border is just the beginning of their story.
Primary ISBN: 9781534446236
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
Middle Grade, Age 10 or older
Community Represented: Mexican/Mexican American
Themes: Audiobook, Detention, Family Relationship: Grandparents, Immigrant: Undocumented, US/Mexican Border Crossing
Setting: Mexico, United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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