Efrén Nava's Amá is his Superwoman—or Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings, Max and Mía, feel safe and loved.
But Efrén worries about his parents; although he’s American-born, his parents are undocumented. And according to the neighborhood talk, or local chisme, families like his are in great danger. Sure enough, Efrén’s worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn't return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México.
Now it’s up to Efrén to be brave and figure out how to act soper himself. At the same time as Apá takes an extra job to earn the money needed to get her back, Efrén struggles to look after Max and Mía, while also dealing with schoolwork, his best friend’s probably-doomed campaign for class president, and his fears about what might happen to his family next.
When disaster strikes, Efrén is faced with crossing the border alone to see Amá. More than ever, he must channel his inner Soperboy to help keep his family together.
Efrén Divided is a story about family, friendship, and tearing down the walls being built between us all.