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And economic woes Through Estrella s journey first toward activism and then back home after deportation Guadalupe Garc a McCall sketches with deft and poignant strokes a model of courage for our own darkling times This loose seuel to Shame the Stars is arguably the most important YA novel of 2018 This review was originally posted on As Told By TinaI received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewContentTrigger Warnings for Racism and racial slurs Kidnapping and abduction Abuse Violence I hardly ever read historical fiction There s no real reason why just that it is not a genre that I personally find myself picking up When it came time to pick a book for Multicultural Children s Book Day I Wanted To Read All Day I wanted to read All Stars Denied Why Well for starters it is really HARD TO FIND BOOKS WITH MEXICAN AMERICANS MAIN CHARACTERS to find books with Mexican Americans main characters them I also felt like I needed to read this because it felt like I could connect to the story in many ways And third of all I have been dying to read a Garcia McCall book for a long time My Review All The St I could not wait to read this stunner after I finished the tough read Shame the Stars by GG McCall This historical read covers the horrendous repatriation of US citizens from the US Estrella is a Mexican American teen is living in Texas during the Great Depression on her family farm but during a time when many whites want the Mexican Americans out despite their citizenship the awfulness of their treatment as they are burned out of their home the reader learns of how dark this time of history was in its treatment of Mexican Americans how evil was the intent treatment and injustice to citizens and classes of people trying to make a living while living in their home the United States A must read for students to learn about a dark part of our history All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall 322 pages TU Books Lee Low 2018 20 9781620142813Content Language PG 8 swears 0 F Mature Content PG racism racial slurs Violence PG off page beating forcedillegal deportationsBUYING ADVISORY MS HS ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL AVERAGETeenage Estrella and her family live in rural Texas at the height of the Great Depression The white community has begun to turn on the Mexican Americans and Mexicanos who live in the area and one night Estrella s family is abruptly dragged from their home and forcefully repatriated deported across the Mexican border despite being American citizens Now
faces a truly daunting challenge of caring for her mother and little brother in a country not her reuniting with her missing father and finding a way home to the actual land of her birthThis is a fantastic piece of historical fiction that I hated reading for the horror of its true story Estrella and her family are great characters and the story is hard to put down once ou get into it I appreciated the Spanish words that are sprinkled throughout the novel without any translation it made Estrella and her experiences seem even real This would be an especially good pick for communities that have a large Latinx population but is a book that should be read and appreciated by everyone who seeks to better understand the long history of race discrimination in America s historyReviewer TChttpskissthebookblogspotcom2019. At swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depressi. ,
Estrella faces a truly daunting challenge of caring for her mother and little brother in a country not her
Roadblock after another The injustices just keep piling up over time There are racist systems in place but Estrella and her mother are also disadvantaged by their gender They keep fighting though When they are frustrated and face setbacks they look for things that are within their control and move forward Estrella is full of hope and determinationAs in her previous novel Shame the Stars McCall combines narrative text with poems snippets from newspapers telegrams and other bits of realia that add to the feeling of looking back into the pastThe resolution is a bit rushed but otherwise the pacing worked well Overall the book is a page turner and will stick with me for a long timeRecommendation Get it now especially if ou enjoyed Shame the Stars It s a fantastic work of historical fiction that fills in some of the history that may be missing from textbooks and classroomsOriginal review posted here I finally finished this book after months and months of reading a few pages here and there For me the writing style fell a little flat and clunky AND YET I believe that every one of my middle school students should read this because it tackles the hidden history of the first mass deportation event in the US sending hundreds of thousands Mexican Americans out of the country during the Great Depression As I was reading this book I was aware once again about my ignorance around so much of the true history of this country and am grateful to Guadalupe Garcia McCall for opening my eyes and telling Estrella s story Sadly her story persists today The day I finished the book I read about Francisco Erwin Galicia a US Citizen who was detained in Mexico for 23 days after a mistaken immigration arrest McCall s book is a reminder that we must always be willing to see clearly fight for justice and give voice to the voiceless Not too long ago I wrote about casually scrolling through thirteen or so online English syllabi the first thirteen google results I wanted to write about and address the point that erasure of wanted to write about and address the point that erasure of happens in public and private educations The pronounced absence the purposeful omission of Latinxs from American curriculum is a political choice that has devastating conseuences More on those conseuences later I then expanded my English literature syllabi search by tenaciously scrolling through the first one hundred syllabi Lamentably I only found nine syllabi out of the hundred that had works by or about Latinxs on their English literature syllabi Hundreds of works to teach American students and only nine different syllabi offered either token poems seriously one was a haiku excerpts of novels one or two short stories from larger anthologies and then the go to staple House on Mango Street as reflections of our presence within America s literary canon and within America itself So pathetic and disheartening Guadalupe Garcia McCall fills in the awning cultural gap in American curriculum that political and literary erasure that school curricula perpetuate Her novels Shame the Stars and All the Stars Denied are timely and necessary Readers can t help but have a visceral reaction to all of the trauma done to than half a million American families in the 1930s an Harrowing and important All the Stars Denied explores a bleak moment when the US turned against Mexican Americans as scapegoats for its social. 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During the Great Depression times were bleak for most people but especially for Mexican Americans living near the border as they were often used a scapegoat More than 1 million Mexican Americans including 600000 citizens were repatriated to Mexico Author McCall tells the story of fifteen Artificial Evolution (Big Sigma, year old Estrella del Toro and her family who are doing better than many on their ranch in southern Texas However racism is mounting in the local town and some neighbors have disappeared ie been deported to Mexico At a local town meeting her father and Estrella speak out When their home is burned to the ground her father is taken by the police and Estrella her mother and sicklyounger brother are taken first to Ciudad and then to Mexico City They become refugees barely surviving Plot During the Great Depression 15 ear old Estrella and her family are repatriated to Mexico despite the fact that they are all American citizensOpening line I ve been thinking a lot about the desparecidos in Montesco My Reflections As an avid reader of history I have read many books about the unjust incarceration of Japanese American citizens during WW2 I was unaware until I read this book tha a full decade earlier US citizens of Hispanic descent were being forceably removed and hauled away to Mexico because of racism and fear This is a littl 5 for ALL THE STARS DENIED by guadalupemccall Stunning cover alert Captures the book perfectly leeandlow WTG I love how historical fiction can both teach us about the past and help us better understand the present This stunning middle grade book about family separation wrongful deportation past and help us better understand the present This stunning middle grade book about family separation wrongful deportation dehumanization of people of color is captures a forgotten part of history that is even relevant today Estrella loves to daydream and write poems about nature It is 1931 Review copy E ARC via EdelweissPublisher with final copy via libraryEstrella is a fifteen ear old with an appreciation of nature and poetry She loves sitting outside observing and reflecting on the world around her That world is beginning to turn upside down though People are disappearing Restrictive laws and violence targeting Mexicans are both increasing Estrella s family had kept her feeling safe and secure but things were changng rapidlyGuadalupe her feeling safe and secure but things were changng rapidlyGuadalupe McCall allows readers to get a glimpse of Texas in the depression era and the picture is not a pretty one Most history books skip over the details The depression was a difficult time Nanny by Chance yes but there was an added challenge ifou were Mexican or even seemed to be Mexican Families were being separated and repatriated Of course repatriation is just another word for deportation and this was even happening to US citizens who had never lived in MexicoEstrella and her family don t sit by and just watch all of these things happening They speak out and work for change This makes them a target Even Estrella s parents don t fully realize how vulnerable they are They still believe that their citizenship means something That papers and lawyers actually carry weightUnfortunately this story has many parallels to what we see happening in our country in the present time Some of the policies put into place back then are eerily familiar It was impossible to read this story without thinking of current news storiesReaders will feel the frustrations of Estrella and her mother as they push up against one. In a companion novel to her critically acclaimed Shame the Stars Guadalupe Garcia McCall.