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Read for a Lifetime 2022-2023 List: We Are Not From Here

Illinois Center for the Book Reading Program

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About the Book

344 Pages Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña have no false illusions about the town they've grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Though their families--both biological and found--create a warm community for them, threats lurk around every corner.  And when those threats become all too real, the three teens know they have no choice but to run: for the border, for the hope of freedom, and for their very lives.  Crossing from Guatemala through Mexico with their eyes on the U.S. border, they follow the route of La Bestia, a system of trains that promise the hope of freedom--if they are lucky enough to survive the harrowing journey.  With nothing but the bags on their backs and the desperation that courses through their very veins, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña know that there's no turning back, dangerous though the road ahead might be. 

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