Wednesday, December 29, 2010
First Review! YA Fiction - Illegal by Bettina Restrepo
But crossing the border is even tougher than they think. They don't have enough money, and the ride in a fruit truck almost kills them. When they finally arrive in Texas, Nora and her mother face even more problems: where to get papers, how to avoid the immigration authorities, where to get jobs...and there's still that nagging question, "Where's Nora's father?"
I enjoyed reading Illegal. I haven't run across many good books for kids about illegal immigration, and with all the recent controversy over immigration, it's an issue that everyone needs to know at least a little something about. Restrepo is a decent author, and for the most part her novel is well-written. There were only a few places where I feel like she could have explained more or added extra detail. The majority of the characters were well-developed and realistic, and I was easily sucked into Nora's story. So even if Illegal isn't one of the absolute best books out there, it's short, it has a good point, and it warrants a nice, quick read.
This ARC was received from Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins) through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
Illegal goes on sale March 8, 2011.