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Julia Alvarez is the author of several novels for young readers including How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay, Finding Miracles, and Before We Were Free, winner of the ALA’s Pura Belpré Award. Her books for adults include How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Once Upon a Quinceañera. She is a writer-in-residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375851240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375851247
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Alvarez has bridged the Americas many times. Born in New York and raised in the Dominican Republic, she is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist, author of world-renowned books in each of the genres, including How the García Girls Lost their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and Something to Declare. She lives on a farmstead outside Middlebury, Vermont, with her husband Bill Eichner. Visit Julia's Web site here to find out more about her writing.

Julia and Bill own an organic coffee farm called Alta Gracia in her native country of the Dominican Republic. Their specialty coffee is grown high in the mountains on what was once depleted pastureland. Not only do they grow coffee at Alta Gracia, but they also work to bring social, environmental, spiritual, and political change for the families who work on their farm. They use the traditional methods of shad-grown coffee farming in order to protect the environment, they pay their farmers a fair and living wage, and they have a school on their farm where children and adults learn to read and write. For more information about Alta Gracia, visit their website.

Belkis Ramírez, who created the woodcuts for A Cafecito Story, is one of the most celebrated artists in the Dominican Republic.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2011
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I read this book to help improve my Spanish language skills as a non-native speaker. It was very helpful in this regard. I'd probably rate the book at an intermediate level. The story was interesting even for this middle-aged adult. As a surprise, though, I became more aware of the very human issues of immigration versus the political headlines we see on TV news - a worthwhile read indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 14, 2013
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"Return to Sender" may focus on the plight of migrant workers, but it is also more than that. Tyler Paquette is grieving the loss of his beloved grandfather, and to top it off, his father is recovering from a horrific accident, one which has left him incapable of running the family farm on his own. Tyler fears losing his family farm and the way of life that is so important to him. Then he discovers that his parents have hired new migrant workers from Mexico (by way of North Carolina), and he wonders why his parents are being so secretive, telling him not to tell his friends and classmates about the new workers. Later, Tyler finds out that these workers are undocumented, and feels conflicted - why would his parents risk so much to hire these people? What if they get into trouble for harboring illegal immigrants? Yet Tyler realizes this may be the only option available to his parents in order to keep the farm going, and the migrant workers appear to be decent, hardworking folk.

Tyler also finds that the eldest daughter of the migrant family, i.e. Mari, is about his age and shares a common interest in astronomy. Over time, Tyler comes to care about Mari, her two younger sisters and the others, and does not wish to see them deported. However, others in the community are not so benevolent and are bent on seeing these migrants sent back to Mexico. Mari, meanwhile, struggles with her own conflicts - her mother has been missing for a while, and as the days pass by, the family's hopes of seeing Mama grow dim.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By juana cusi on July 28, 2013
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En pocas palabras, es el primer libro que capta la simbiosis maravillosa entre el trabajador migrante en busca de trabajo lejos de su hogar y la necesidad absoluta del dueño de granjas o ranchos y que no se da a basto para hacer rendir sus tierras. Si la situación economica mundial nos ha llevado a esta necesidad mutua, el verdadero espiritú de ambos pueblos, muy alejado de los prejuicios fabricados por la prensa, los gobiernos y las envidias, sale a relucir en una hermosisisma novela de dos familias que se complementan a pesar de las circunstancias.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elí Posadas on August 20, 2012
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Bonita historia sobre la realidad que viven los inmigrantes en los EUA. Muy recomendable. Solo debo mencionar que la familia estaba un tanto idealizada (la familia mexicana). Tal vez no sea exactamente así, pero en fin, el libro tiene la intencion de concientizar a la sociedad americana, asi que deben pintar a los mexicanos (y latinos en general) como gente impecable.

En conclusion, una buena lectura para sus niños. Saludos.
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Beautifully written (we read the Spanish version). Great story written in a real and moving way about an issue that so many Americans (from both north and the south) are dealing with in one way or another. I read this with my son, who is 12, and we had some very interesting discussions. I highly recommend this for teens and their parents as an entertaining way to learn more about the realities of illegal immigration.

There is some idealized rhetoric, but it doesn't ruin the story - it just brings it to a level that middle schoolers and high schoolers can appreciate.
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