Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Book - 2009
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When his father is injured in a tractor accident, eleven-year-old Tyler finds himself at odds as migrant Mexican workers are illegally hired to keep up the family farm. As the migrants live in constant fear of deportation, Tyler strikes up a friendship with the family's oldest daughter, Mari.
After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes friendship knows no borders.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375851230
Call Number: jF ALVA
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm


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Winner of the Pura Belpre Award and great friendship story that also tells about the extreme hardships that migrant workers face.
4th-7th grade.

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SFPL_Kids Sep 18, 2015

Unlikely friends are made as 11 year old Tyler overcomes his prejudice to become friends with Mari, a Mexican immigrant living on his father's farm.

Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident and he resorts to hiring illegal immigrants to work the farm. (Also available as an ebook and audio CD; and in Spanish: Devolver al Remitente).

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Jan 13, 2021

Not nearly as good as Yo! or How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, but it had its moments. It reminded me of another book about a 10 year old Mexican who has to move- Becoming Naomi Leon. Also, Confetti Girl, that was a good one. My main criticism is that the Mexican characters, especially Maria, were written as awkward foreigners, outsiders. Not like the Garcia Girls in New York, who felt like everyone around THEM was weird, instead of the other way around.

Last_Nights_Readings Mar 18, 2016

A great book for anyone, doesn't matter what age. To help see what people go through to earn a right to live and make a living. The sacrifice is clear in Return to Sender, and it is told easy enough through her words to understand what is going on from a few different viewpoints. I always enjoy Alvarez writing and her YA novels are no different in quality as her other fiction.


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