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Efrén Divided

Efrén Divided

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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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: 263 pages ; 22 cm

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Juvenile Fiction. Seventh grader Efrén takes on the responsibility of caring for 5-yr old twin siblings while his father works two jobs after his undocumented mother is deported in this heartwrenching story of strength and resilience.

The 2021 Winner of the Pura Belpré Award honoring a Latinx writer whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Belpre Children's Author Winner

When Efrén's undocumented mother is deported to Mexico, he has to take care of his younger siblings while his dad works several jobs trying to earn enough money to help get her reunited with their family. A powerful look at a timely topic.

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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 ... 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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