All the Stars Denied
All the Stars Denied
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Annotation: During the time of the Dust Bowl drought in Texas, Estrella is deported to Mexico, and must figure out a way to care for her mother and baby brother, and convince her country of birth that she deserves to return home.
Catalog Number: #172420
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 322 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-620-14281-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-620-14281-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017058034
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Estrella is a feisty 15-year-old living with her parents on a ranch in southern Texas. It's 1931, and the Great Depression is in full swing. Her town is severely divided ethnically, and families of Mexican descent, though American citizens, are being rounded up and repatriated across the border. Following a protest that Estrella organizes, her home is burned, and she, her toddler brother, and mother are separated from her father while being transported to Mexico. They are thrown onto a train, forced into an open-air livestock corral for days with hundreds of others in harsh winter weather, and then taken to Mexico City, where survival is a constant challenge. However, there is always hope. Readers interested in history and current events will recognize striking similarities between events in this companion to Shame the Stars (2016) and the separation of refugee children from their parents today. Through Estrella's eloquent letters to her late grandmother and insightful poetry written in her journal, the sorrow and hardship of the ordeal is brought to light in a unique voice.
Horn Book
Estrella is fifteen in 1931 when she and her family are illegally rounded-up and "repatriated" to Mexico despite having lived, farmed, and maintained businesses in the U.S. for generations. In this timely historical novel, Estrella struggles to tame her anger, help her brother and mother survive, and find her father. Maintaining her own poetry-writing is Estrella's only salve through horrifying episodes of deprivation and injustice. Reading list. Glos.
Kirkus Reviews
Estrella loves poetry and the natural world, but her days of lying in the fields and writing come to a halt when she is repatriated to Mexico.Estrella's family owns Rancho las Moras—a rarity in Texas, where they are increasingly surrounded by Anglo incomers, and a safe haven, not just from the Great Depression, but from the Rangers, who are rounding up mexicanos and repatriating them to Mexico, without regard to the fact that many are actually U.S. citizens. Walking in the footsteps of her activist parents, Estrella helps to organize a protest against the treatment of the tejanos in her town of Monteseco, with devastating results. Her family quickly becomes a target for the Rangers, and Estrella finds herself in Mexico, separated from her family. Here, she begins a journey for her survival as she attempts to reunite with her family and make it home to her country of birth, the United States of America. Beautifully and poetically written, the book includes Spanish words and Mexican-American cultural elements to make it a vividly authentic mirror for some readers and a universally appealing and engaging window for others. Enhanced by excerpts from Estrella's journal, teens will get lost in the pages of this story and truly feel for the injustice the community faced during this often forgotten chapter of American history. An incredibly relevant story, now more than ever. (author's note, further reading, glossary) (Historical fiction. 12-16)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 6 Up A harrowing account of a lesser known episode in the United States' unseemly history of discriminatory immigration policies. Estrella del Toro is witnessing change all around her Monteseco, TX, community. Empty homes and classrooms denote the friends and neighbors being "repatriated," or deported en masse to Mexico during the 1930s, many of whom are American citizens and never lived in Mexico. The "mexicanos" who remain face bigotry from Anglo-owned businesses who refuse services and segregate sections of their town. Activism runs in Estrella's family, but after speaking out against the injustices, the authorities retaliate against the del Toro family, rounding them up, burning their ranch to the ground, and forcefully boarding them onto trains headed toward Mexico. Estrella, her mother, and toddler brother struggle to reunite with her father, navigating unjust policies and unfamiliar bureaucracies. "How vulnerable we are in this strange land," she laments. Samples from Estrella's notebook, including poems, in the form of eco-poetry, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and unsent letters are featured between chapters to document their journey and express her outrage. The treatment of Mexicanos and Depression-era rhetoric will ring disturbingly familiar to readers mindful of today's headlines. Back matter includes an author's note, recommendations for further reading, and a glossary for the Spanish phrases used throughout. VERDICT An intense and enlightening historical fiction title that's highly recommended for all libraries. Jessica Agudelo, New York Public Library
Word Count: 71,204
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 505303 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q75281
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

In the heart of the Great Depression, Rancho Las Moras, like everywhere else in Texas, is gripped by the drought of the Dust Bowl, and resentment is building among white farmers against Mexican Americans. All around town, signs go up proclaiming "No Dogs or Mexicans" and "No Mexicans Allowed." When Estrella organizes a protest against the treatment of tejanos in their town of Monteseco, Texas, her whole family becomes a target of "repatriation" efforts to send Mexicans "back to Mexico" --whether they were ever Mexican citizens or not. Dumped across the border and separated from half her family, Estrella must figure out a way to survive and care for her mother and baby brother. How can she reunite with her father and grandparents and convince her country of birth that she deserves to return home? There are no easy answers in the first YA book to tackle this hidden history.

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