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Where I Belong - by Marcia Argueta Mickelson

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Highlights

  • A Pura Belpré Honor Book An immigrant teen fights for her family, her future, and the place she calls home.
  • Pura Belpre Award (Author) 2022 3rd Winner
  • 11-12 Years
  • 8.35" x 5.67" Hardcover
  • 264 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, General

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About the Book



Millie Vargas struggles to balance her family's needs with her own ambitions, especially after her mother's employer, a Senate candidate, uses Millie as a poster child for deserving immigrants



Book Synopsis



A Pura Belpré Honor Book

An immigrant teen fights for her family, her future, and the place she calls home.

In the spring of 2018, Guatemalan American high school senior Milagros "Millie" Vargas knows her life is about to change. She has lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, ever since her parents sought asylum there when she was a baby. Now a citizen, Millie devotes herself to school and caring for her younger siblings while her mom works as a housekeeper for the wealthy Wheeler family. With college on the horizon, Millie is torn between attending her dream school and staying close to home, where she knows she's needed. She is disturbed by what's happening to asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, but she doesn't see herself as an activist or a change-maker. She's just trying to take care of her own family.

Then Mr. Wheeler, a U.S. Senate candidate, mentions Millie's achievements in a campaign speech about "deserving" immigrants. It doesn't take long for people to identify Millie's family and place them at the center of a statewide immigration debate. Faced with journalists, trolls, anonymous threats, and the Wheelers' good intentions--especially those of Mr. Wheeler's son, Charlie--Millie must confront the complexity of her past, the uncertainty of her future, and her place in the country that she believed was home.



Review Quotes




"[A]n appealing, authentic story featuring engaging, realistic characters."--Booklist

-- (10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)

"[N]ot to be missed. There is truth on every page--about love, restraint, and integrity."--starred, School Library Journal

-- (11/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)

"Full of thought-provoking conversations, messy answers, and lots of heart, this novel's a quiet knockout. Utterly compelling."--starred, Kirkus Reviews

-- (7/15/2021 12:00:00 AM)

"The reader is drawn into Millie's heartbreaking inner monologue as the story pointedly cultivates informed empathy for the diversity of immigrant experiences, while emphasizing the importance of humility for those who stand as allies."--The Horn Book Magazine

-- (1/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.35 Inches (H) x 5.67 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .9 Pounds
Suggested Age: 11-12 Years
Number of Pages: 264
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: General
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab (R)
Format: Hardcover
Author: Marcia Argueta Mickelson
Language: English
Street Date: September 7, 2021
TCIN: 83966526
UPC: 9781541597976
Item Number (DPCI): 247-03-0074
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.1 inches length x 5.67 inches width x 8.35 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.9 pounds
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