Return to sender julia alvarez chapter summaries
A Guide for the Homesick by Ken Urban
Julia Alvarez - 2009 National Book Festival
Return to Sender
The standards are not included here, but are included with each section of the lesson plans in the PDF. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected to her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?
Return to Sender begins with the mention of another uncle in a totally unrelated story suffering through a hemorrhoid operation. Try and find two books to repeat that experience! In Return to Sender , two different families meld into each other, initially from circumstance, and then with heartfelt connections. Of course, challenges are plenty, too: Mari is targeted at school as an outsider; enough disgruntled townspeople speak out loudly against the illegal workers; immigration raids are not uncommon; and the Cruz family finally learns the fate of the mother. Alvarez is certainly working with a difficult, timely topic and, while readers will have no doubt as to her own views, her characters openly express battling opinions. Alvarez thoughtfully offers no easy solutions. Beyond the official rules and regulations, beyond borders, beyond the headlines, are two friends who share a love of the stars, whose families and lives converge long enough to establish a lasting, human bond.
Sign up for our newsletters! Julia Alvarez takes on America's uneasy immigration policies in her latest young adult offering. Hiring an unauthorized immigrant family from Mexico brings a solution to their problems, but young Tyler thinks that saving the farm may not be worth the higher price of breaking the law.
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The story takes place in the Green Mountain State of Vermont, focusing on the tribulations and trials of farming and a family's land on the brink of foreclosure. Two voices alternate in telling a powerful story, unveiling the truth that ' friendship has no borders '. T yler Paquette is as patriotic as his family, but when he learns that his parents have hired illegal aliens to work on their Vermont farmland, the eleven-year old questions their intentions. Dad recently had a disabling tractor accident shortly after Grandpa's death; Mom's attention is torn between her husband's ailment, the needs of her children, and the running of the farm. Older brother Ben is hesitant about his upcoming plans for college, while sister Sara is occupied with extracurricular activities. With threats of losing their land, Tyler offers to quit school to help with farm chores.
Julia Alvarez, the popular American novelist whose cultural roots are in the Dominican Republic, has once again turned her depth of insight and imagination to the young adult genre. The Paquette family lives on a Vermont dairy farm that has been in their family for generations. We meet them through Tyler, an earnest and likeable sixth-grader who has discovered that his parents hired a Mexican family to work on the farm. He asks his parents if they went to Mexico to hire the Cruz family while he was visiting his aunt and uncle. They were already here.