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Efrén Divided

Efrén Divided

A Novel

Book - 2020
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While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico. Includes glossary of Spanish words
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062881687
006288168X
Characteristics: pages cm

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Pura Belpré Award Author (honoring a Latinx writer and illustrator whose books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience)

Pura Belpré Award honoring a Latinx writer whose children's book best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience

Gr 5-7 –Efrén sometimes wishes that he didn’t have to share a bed with his younger twin siblings, but he knows that they are all loved and well cared for. When his mom is suddenly deported to Mexico, Efrén takes on the heavy mantle of caregiver as his father works round the clock to support them.... Read More »


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Efren's parents crossed the boarder before he was born to give him a better life. Now Efren is 12 and his mother is deported back to Mexico. It is now Efren's job to care for his little brother and sister while his dad works overtime to help get the money to get Ama back. This book tells the story in a way that is so relatable. I feel Efren's fear and his worry. It is a story of resilience and hope. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about the experiences of 1st generation Mexican Americans. Grades 4 and up.

Tigard_LindsayD Mar 08, 2020

Realistic fiction about a middle schooler, Efrén, whose mother is deported to Mexico. A slice of life of caring for siblings, navigating school, and deciding whether to start trying to make a bigger difference for his school, community, and country. I'd recommend to educators and kids asking for realistic, emotionally complex stories.

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