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“A chronicle of true stories of nine undocumented young adults who came to the U.S. in search of a better tomorrow, leaving behind violence, political unrest, and poverty.” –Kirkus Reviews

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults

Written by Susan Kuklin
Published by Candlewick Press

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin’s gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these enlightening, honest, and brave accounts that encourage open, thoughtful conversation about the complexities of immigration and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

Primary ISBN: 9780763678845

Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook
Young Adult, Age 15 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee, Immigrant

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

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