10 year old Mia Tang immigrates from China to southern California. Her parents become the managers of a small motel, where the family also lives. It is at the Calivista motel that Mia learns many life lessons as she works at the front desk.
Can a human be illegal? Authors E. Colfer, A. Donkin, and illustrator G. Rigano begin to unpack this question in the emotionally-gripping graphic novel, Illegal. The book serves as a counter-narrative that does much of the work that multicultural literature strives to do.
Where can be our home when our home planet (Earth) is no longer safe for us to live? Moving to an alien planet probably isn’t that easy!
A story of memories and dream-sharing, Sáenz’s picturebook offers a window on intergenerational transmission of cultural heritage that will resonate with a generation of bicultural children in the U.S., such as, Latinx, Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, and Hispanic children.
Review by Lalita Prachanty It is the year 1982, where a teenage girl sings to the lyrics of “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde as loud as she wants in the country of Iran. She wears her stylish denim jackets and tight jeans out onto the streets with no fear whatsoever. All of this would…