Dream Things True

9 CDs. 11 hrs. Recorded Books. 2015. $97.75. ISBN 9781501902260. digital download.
Gr 9 Up—Growing up in a family of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Alma is a 17-year-old junior looking for academic success at Gilberton High School in Georgia. While working hard to keep her grades up and find new friends, she falls in love with Evan, a soccer star and the privileged nephew of a senator. As Evan and Alma fall in love, Evan must endure his uncle's racist views of immigrants. Listeners will understand the difficulties that undocumented families and youth face, from not having a social security number to dealing with stereotypes and discrimination. Narrator Almarie Guerra sets the appropriate tone for each scene. Listeners will want to know how Evan will react to Alma's secret about her family as their love story unfolds.
VERDICT An enjoyable love story that not only entertains but also educates. ["A debut romance for libraries looking to diversify their offerings": SLJ 9/15 review of the St. Martin's Griffin book.]

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