Chasing the Moon

Chasing the Moon Nadia Alvarez a fifteen year old Mexican immigrant travels from a remote and poverty stricken village in southern Mexico with her family to the United States They sneak illegally into the country thr

  • Title: Chasing the Moon
  • Author: Carolyn Boehlke
  • ISBN: 9780878396986
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nadia Alvarez, a fifteen year old Mexican immigrant travels from a remote and poverty stricken village in southern Mexico with her family to the United States They sneak illegally into the country through a drain pipe that connects from Sonora, Mexico to Arizona As the family enters into the country, the Border Patrol is waiting for them and they are captured all exceptNadia Alvarez, a fifteen year old Mexican immigrant travels from a remote and poverty stricken village in southern Mexico with her family to the United States They sneak illegally into the country through a drain pipe that connects from Sonora, Mexico to Arizona As the family enters into the country, the Border Patrol is waiting for them and they are captured all except for Nadia Assuming the identity of her brother, she is now alone in an unknown country and torn whether she should allow herself to be caught and reunited with her family, or continue on in American and live her parents dream of a better life Nadia eventually makes her way across the country to Minnesota, living in downtown Minneapolis and working as a laundry girl in a hotel Chasing the Moon creates a love triangle between Nadia, her home and family in Mexico, and her new better life in America This is a unique and unbiased examination of immigration and what it means to search for a better life.

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    1. I received this book for free through First Reads.Chasing the Moon was a story about a fifteen year old illegal immigrant called Nadia who came into the United States to find a better life The book starts off with what happened when Nadia successfully crossed the border without getting caught She started working in a farm for a cruel man who got his labor mainly from illegal immigrants Not long after Nadia started working for him, she got into trouble and had to run away from the farm, at this p [...]

    2. As an immigration attorney and immigration reform activist who lives in Minneapolis, I was intrigued by the subject of the book I did research the author to see if she had any background in working with immigrants, but I couldn t find anything to indicate why she was interested in this topic Overall, the book is ok, 2.5 stars I appreciated the agonizing details of the trip over the border that many immigrants make However, many times I was confused on which language was being spoken or thought i [...]

    3. A heart wrenching story about a girl s pursuit for a better life in America.Nadia, 15, is separated from her family on their journey across the border when her family and friends are caught by the Border Patrol She continues on and finds work in Arizona, while disguising herself as a boy Don t be tricked by the initial imagery in the novel her toil as a farmer pales in comparison to the horrors that Nadia faces on the way to, and in, America Chasing the Moon provides a unique perspective that qu [...]

    4. As a YA novel, this is a than adequate book In particular, the last third or so, when Nadia is in Minneapolis, were engrossing.If I had been Ms Boehlke s advisor, I would have recommended writing the book in the third person child narrators are too problematic, and especially if their experiences are so far from what the author has ever experienced i would also remind her that people make conscious not conscientious decisions That said I ll pass the book on to our high school reading program I [...]

    5. Chasing the Moon is an engaging story of a 15 year old girl who enters the United States without documentation illegally It s a story of pain, deception, abuse and unselfish caring in the midst of horrible circumstances With all the discussion about immigration reform, it s a view of the situation from a single person s point of view Perhaps reading it can humanize the perspective and open minds and hearts to look at the situation differently There are no easy answers, but a humanistic approach [...]

    6. I liked the story but wanted to know of how the epilogue fit in

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