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SANCTUARY, Latinx Heritage Month, Book 6 The year is 2032, and undocumente…

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SANCTUARY, @paolamendoza @abbysher
Latinx Heritage Month, Book 6

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The year is 2032, and undocumented teenager Vali lives in Vermont with her mother and younger brother following her father’s deportation and murder in their home country of Colombia. When the President declares that his Deportation Force will have total authority to arrest and deport undocumented folks without a warrant, Vali and her family leave behind their lives and start their journey to California, which has seceded from the rest of the country. However, when Vali’s mother is caught by the DF, Vali has to figure out how to get herself and her brother to California safely.

Though “Sanctuary” is supposed to take place in a “dystopian” future, there are many moments that feel far too familiar. The writers did an excellent job putting a magnifying glass to what already exists; perhaps the best, yet most depressing part of this book. Vali is a tremendous heroine. She feels so real; we see her fear and insecurities and uncertainty, and we also see her swallow them whole and push forward in order to protect her brother at all costs. She is representative of so many immigrant children who had to grow up and live each day knowing at any given moment, she would need to be the adult.

For any undocumented folks interested in picking this up, this book is very triggering. The atrocities we hear about many immigrants’ journeys into the US are very much present, and then some. Please be mindful and protect your peace!
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