Where I Belong

ISBN-10: 1541597974
ISBN-13: 9781541597976
Author: Mickelson, Marcia Argueta
Interest Level: 6-12
Publisher: Lerner

Publication Date: September 2021

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 264

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Interest Level

Grades 6-12

Reading Level

Lexile: 740L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.9
Accelerated Reader Points: 11.0

BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration *

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism *

In the spring of 2018, Guatemalan American high school senior Milagros ?Millie? Vargas knows her life is about to change. She's lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, ever since her parents sought asylum there when she was a baby. Now a citizen, Millie devotes herself to school and caring for her younger siblings while her mom works as a housekeeper for the wealthy Wheeler family. With college on the horizon, Millie is torn between attending her dream school and staying close to home, where she knows she?s needed. She's disturbed by what?s happening to asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, but she doesn't see herself as an activist or a change-maker. She?s just trying to take care of her own family. Then Mr. Wheeler, a U.S. Senate candidate, mentions Millie?s achievements in a campaign speech about "deserving" immigrants. It doesn't take long for people to identify Millie's family and place them at the center of a statewide immigration debate. Faced with journalists, trolls, anonymous threats, and the Wheelers' good intentions, especially those of Mr. Wheeler's son, Charlie, Millie must confront the complexity of her past, the uncertainty of her future, and her place in the country that she believed was home.
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