“This is a story about a farming family in Vermont and a family of undocumented Mexican workers who come together in order to take care of their families. The farmer gets an injury and can no longer keep the farm running and the workers need a safe place to work and protect their daughters. The two families intertwine as they help each other through some terrible times. The farmer's youngest son, Tyler and and the workers' oldest daughter, Mari bond in friendship. This friendship helps them through all the difficult times that lay ahead of them. Even in the end, when distance and the law separate the families, their bonds of love, friendship and humanity keep them connected. The book describes a small town community with patriotic beliefs. Through the characters in the book like a teacher, an old timey war veteran, friends and bullies, the author is able to show all sides of the issue surrounding undocumented workers and their place in the world. The characters are believable and most of the story is told through Tyler and Mari and through letters. It is a moving and emotional book. It would definitely spark a good conversation. Even though the reading level is suitable for secondary students, I think this book is better suited fot middle school students due to content.
Themes: immigration, farming, friendship, family, love, survival, growing up, inner strength
Civics lessons would fit nicely with this book, letter writing, agriculture, justice, star gazing, telescopes, law and law enforcement and mentors”