Twelve moving stories of men and women who have come to America as illegal aliens in search of a future tell how they struggle to find jobs and warm places to sleep while avoiding deportation.
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A sympathetic portrayal of 12 illegal immigrants who entered the US during the 80's to escape their lives in Mexico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Haiti, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Honduras. The accounts--each a success story in its own way--illustrate the various routes and hazards through which the sin papeles (``those without papers'') reach Florida or the Southwest, the networks that support newly arrived aliens, and the hopes that sustain them. The near-casual attitude of some Mexicans toward emigration and possible deportation contrasts markedly with that of other emigrants, for whom the journey is often a desperate, all-or- nothing gamble. Poynter uses fictional techniques like flashback and direct quotes to enliven the innate drama here; but what's lacking is a sense of distinct personalities: the sin papeles all seem to speak with one voice and to be cut from the same cloth. Also, the opening chapter, describing the problem of illegal immigration in general, is short on specifics, especially with regard to economic issues, and long on undocumented assertions (e.g., ``Only a small percentage of sin papeles bring their children with them''). Overall, not a balanced treatment but successful in putting a human face on an important social, economic, and political issue. Bibliography; index and b&w photos not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5 Up-- Whether talking about Salvadorean refugees or boat people from Haiti, these stories speak to the harshness of the situations from which illegal aliens come, the hardships they endure on the northward road, and their perseverance in the attempt to improve their lives. These are all success stories and herein lies a problem; with both similar outcomes and narrative style, the book becomes repetitious and predictable. It doesn't impede readability at all, but renders a sense of inevitability, so that no matter how ominous the situations are, readers come to expect that all will be fine. There are some direct quotes, but on the whole the book reads like fiction. It lacks the visceral sense of Brent Ashabranner's The New Americans (Putnam, 1983) or Janet Bode's New Kids in Town (Scholastic, 1991), which rely more on first-person narrative; this enhances the sense of reality. Nonetheless, Poynter's book has potential as read-aloud and introductory material. Its inherent drama and cliff-hanger plotting will stir up interest and send students on to more comprehensive primary-source works. The black-and-white photos extend the text and add interest despite poor placement and not infrequent poor registration. --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent, WA
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Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689316232
Book Description Atheneum, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689316232