Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America

Philomel. Aug. 2021. 224p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593204979.
Gr 8 Up–Twenty Mexican American authors share what it is like to be a part of two worlds and not be accepted by either. Entries range from realistic fiction to fantasy and include poetry, personal narratives, and art—all of them reminding teens of the complexity of the Mexican American experience. Voices reach out from the pages of this anthology, tugging at readers and pushing them to see the difficulties and beauty of what it means to live as a Mexican American in the United States. These selections explore how it feels to be seen as “other,” even while having been a part of this land for generations. The stories encourage Mexican American readers to listen to their inner voice and not let it be silenced. Each selection offers something distinct in this multifaceted work that doesn’t prioritize the white gaze. It will make a lasting impression on all readers.
VERDICT Highly recommended for school and public library collections.

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