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Grade 5-6

Alice Mead

Swimming to America

Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) March 15, 2005)
The quandary of the illegal immigrantLinda Berati, an eighth grader in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, knows that her parents are Albanian and her little sister American. But what is she? And how did she get to New York? Her parents evade her questions, fueling Linda's uneasiness about her identity. Only Ramón, a Cuban immigrant her age, seems to understand. Together, they escape to the hideout she and Ramón built. Then a strange, foreign man appears at the hideout, and right away Linda feels connected to him. She soon discovers that Ramón's wayward brother knows the man, and learns that immigrants - even illegal ones - come to the United States for many reasons. She determines to confront her mother and find out the truth about herself at last.The author, known for her empathic portrayals of children, shows what it's like to live the American dream in dread of losing it.
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