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BOOKS

RETURN TO SENDER

a novel
by Julia Alvarez
(Knopf Books for Children,
January 2009)

Now in Paperback!

Spanish Edition:
Devolver al Remitente


2010 Winner of:
Pura Belpré
& Americas Award

RETURN TO SENDER, a novel, ages ten and up (and up!), by Julia Alvarez

RETURN TO SENDER, a novel, ages ten and up (and up!), was published by Knopf Books for Children in January 2009.

The seed for the novel came when I got involved translating at local schools for the children of Mexican migrant workers who have now made their way up to Vermont. (And boosted our compromised Latino population!) These workers are now doing the milking on many of our dairy farms. Without them, many of our small farmers could not survive, as they, too, are being squeezed by the high cost of farming and a dearth of workers.

Seeing how baffled the Mexican children and their classmates were about how to understand this situation that had thrown us all together, I thought: we need a story to understand what is happening to us! The title comes from a dragnet operation that the Department of Homeland Security conducted in 2006, named, Return to Sender. Work places were raided and undocumented workers were seized. Their children were the biggest casualties of this operation -- left behind to be soothed and reassured until they could be finally reunited with their parents.

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RETURN TO SENDER, a novel, ages ten and up (and up!), by Julia Alvarez

Click for an excerpt & the soundtrack behind RETURN TO SENDER...
Further Research Suggestions...
& News Stories from Vermont.

Julia Alvarez reads from RETURN TO SENDER on teachingbooks.net.

Author Interviews: listen on KUER...
listen on Vermont Public Radio...
& read at BookPage.

Get a Teachers Guide from Teachers @ Random (click PDF below PDF ATTACHMENT).

see this book on Amazon.com: hardcover  *  paperback  *  Audio CD  *  en español
or get an autographed copy at Middlebury College Bookstore or Vermont Book Shop

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Watch a video book report by Jared, a ninth grader in Pennsylvania, for Monica Olivera's online Latino Children's Summer Reading Program for kids 9-18 years old.

RETURN TO SENDER, by Julia Alvarez, was selected as one of two winners of the 2010 Americas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature.

RETURN TO SENDER was selected as one of two winners of the 2010 Americas Award for Children and Young Adult's Literature, sponsored by the national Consortium for Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). "Alvarez's cast of characters includes people of all ages and political perspectives, and readers cannot help but conclude that getting to really know and understand our neighbors is the only way to improve life for all who live in the United States."

See photos of Julia at the Américas Award Presentation!

Watch the ceremony at the Library of Congress website.

RETURN TO SENDER, by Julia Alvarez, was winner of the Pura Belpré Author Award from the American Library Association.

The American Library Association's Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. I was excited and honored to hear that the Pura Belpré Author Award for 2010 was awarded to RETURN TO SENDER!

RETURN TO SENDER, by Julia Alvarez, is on Oprah's 2010 Kids' Reading List

RETURN TO SENDER is on Oprah's 2010 Kids' Reading List!

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More Books by Julia Alvarez

The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén/El mejor regalo del mundo: la leyenda de La Vieja Belén
The Best Gift of All:
The Legend of
La Vieja Belén/
El mejor regalo del mundo:
la leyenda de
La Vieja Belén
Once Upon A Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez
Once Upon A Quinceañera
Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
Finding Miracles
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Autographed Books by Julia Alvarez

Would you like a signed -- or personalized -- copy of one of Julia's books? Simply call or email one of her two local bookstores -- or stop in for a visit.

Vermont Book Shop
38 Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont
802.388.2061
vermontbookshop.com

Middlebury College Store
58 Hepburn Road, Middlebury, Vermont
Contact Georgia Best
802.443.2258
bookstore.middlebury.edu

And, of course, Julia would love to see you at one of her upcoming appearances. To see if she will be in your town, check her calendar.

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Find Books by Julia Alvarez

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vermontbookshop.com

bookstore.middlebury.edu

penguingroup.com

randomhouse.com

powells.com

barnesandnoble.com

booksamillion.com

audiobookstand.com


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