Giff, Patricia Reilly. Until I find Julian. Wendy Lamb Books, 201. 151 pgs. $16.95. ISBN:978-0-385-74482-9. Gr. 5+. P8 Q8
The race for the presidency of the United States has started and one of the topics that is being discussed is the eleven million undocumented immigrants here in the United States. There are many ideas that are being suggested to solve the problem. Whether we will ever be able to come up with an answer I don’t know. In this story, Julian has gained access to America illegally and has been sending money home to Mexico to help his family. When the letters and money stop coming, his family knows that something is wrong. Mateo, Julian’s younger brother, leaves to go to “El Norte” to cross the border into the USA. What the author delivers is a unique view of the hazards that people face on their journey to cross our border. Maybe the answer to this problem is to be better educated and to offer other means and access to those who want to gain admission to the USA. I loved this book because it did educate me and I gained a better understanding of the dangers that those eleven million may have faced.
November 2015 review by Carol Bernardi.