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“A humanizing —and necessarily upsetting —glimpse into immigration policies and the power of speaking out; share judiciously and with supplementary discussion.”
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Until Someone Listens

Written by Estela Juarez and Lissette Norman
Illustrated by Teresa Martinez
Published by Roaring Brook Press

Estela’s family lives together in a happy home full of love. Or, at least, they used to… until their home was torn apart.

My mom had to go back,
to the other side of the river,
because she wasn’t born in this country.

For years her family fought and fought for permission for her to stay in the U.S. But no one listened. When Estela was eight, her mother was deported to Mexico.

Estela knew she had to do something. So she wrote letters: to local newspapers, Congress, the President, and anyone else who could help. She wrote and wrote and wrote until, finally… someone listened.

In this heart-wrenching, autobiographical story, Estela Juarez’s letters take her from the local news all the way to the national stage, where she discovers the power in her words and pledges to keep using her voice until her family—and others like hers— are together again.

Look for the Spanish version, Hasta que alguien me escuche.

Primary ISBN: 9781250832122
Publication Date: August 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

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

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