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We Were Here

By: Matt de la Peña

After his conviction, Miguel is sentenced to live in a group home. There he meets Mong, a wild-eyed boy who convinces him to flee to Mexico with him. Miguel's kindhearted, slow-witted roommate, Rondell, joins them, and they hit the road, dreaming of freedom. But Miguel has a dark secret-one that he can't escape, no matter where he runs. Library edition with trade jacket added.

ISBN: 9780385906227

JLG Release: Jan 2010


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Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Juvenile delinquents , Runaways , Friendship , Guilt , Brothers , Group homes , California , Books

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Awards & Honors

ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010; ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2010

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

Miguel is sentenced to a group home for his crime (under wraps until story's end). Weary of the setting, he and two housemates break out. As the colorful trio journeys through California, wary distrust gives way to true friendship. Miguel's narrative voice coupled with de la Peña's natural storytelling gifts more than compensate for the occasional Miguel is sentenced to a group home for his crime (under wraps until story's end). Weary of the setting, he and two housemates break out. As the colorful trio journeys through California, wary distrust gives way to true friendship. Miguel's narrative voice coupled with de la Peña's natural storytelling gifts more than compensate for the occasional glitches in plotting and characterization.

Junior Library Guild


• Strong, authentic, consistent voice that reveals Miguel’s character right away.
• Genuinely surprising and engaging plot developments.
• Touches on a lot of important themes in an involving, non-didactic way.
• Rondell and Mong are memorable supporting characters.

• Strong, authentic, consistent voice that reveals Miguel’s character right away.
• Genuinely surprising and engaging plot developments.
• Touches on a lot of important themes in an involving, non-didactic way.
• Rondell and Mong are memorable supporting characters.

Book Details

ISBN

9780385906227

First Release

January 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 16;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.7; Points: 24;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Topics

Juvenile delinquents, Runaways, Friendship, Guilt, Brothers, Group homes, California, Books,

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