“Authentically told, and interwoven with hope, strength, and beauty. This book is a gift to the world.”
— Sarah Scheerger, author of
Operation Frog Effect
“A stunning, masterful, and timely debut.”
“A beautiful seed of heartbreak and joy!”
— Aida Salazar, author of
The Moon Within and Land of the Cranes
“A song sung for children of immigrants. A corrido in their honor.”
—Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi, a Girl in Pieces and Mi Papi Has a Motorcycle
"This debut announces an important new writer on the scene."
— Fred Aceves, author of The Closest I've Come & The New David Espinoza
"Efrén Divided will find its way straight into your heart, even as it is breaking. "
— Matt Mendez, author of Barely Missing Everything and Twitching Heart
“Cisneros handles the timely subject matter with heart, depth, and authenticity."
—Angela Cervantes, author of Gaby, Lost and Found and Lety Out Loud
"Efrén Divided feels more than important—it feels essential as we continue to weave diverse narratives into the cloth of the country we call home.”
— Guadalupe García McCall, author of Under the Mesquite and Summer of the Mariposas
“Will inspire young people to action, activism, and change in their communities.”
— e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of Fat Angie
“A golden door into crucial conversations we need to have in our classrooms about equity and human rights.”
— NoNieqa Ramos, author of The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary and The Truth Is
“A soaring tale of resilience.”
— Lilliam Rivera, author of
“A call to fight for the world as it should be.”
—Adrianna Cuevas, author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez
“A moving portrayal of the shame, fear, and uncertainty of a family ripped apart.”
— Aimée Medina Carr, author of
River of Love
"From the opening pages I found myself completely immersed in a world so different from mine, yet just a neighborhood away."
--Author/Illustrator Steve Bjorkman
See my interview
with Mr. John Schu
Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic, Lecturer at Rutgers, and Newbery Committee member (2014).
A 12 year old boy struggles to make sense of the world while trying to hold the family together after his mother is deported.
HALL OF FAME
These are the authors who I not only admire, but who have helped pave the road for others like me to follow.