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This Train Is Being Held

By: Ismée Williams

Alex is a baseball player. A great one. His papi is pushing him to go pro, but Alex maybe wants to be a poet. Not that Papi would understand or allow that.

Isa is a dancer. She'd love to go pro, if only her Havana-born mom weren't dead set against it…just like she's dead set against her daughter falling for a Latino. And Isa's privileged private-school life—with her dad losing his job and her older brother struggling with mental illness—is falling apart. Not that she'd ever tell that to Alex.

Fate—and the New York City subway—bring Alex and Isa together. Is it enough to keep them together when they need each other most?

ISBN: 9781419734939

JLG Release: May 2020


Sensitive Areas: Crime: Gang/Organized Crime, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: General, Violence: Suicide
Topics: Dating (social customs) , Social classes , Hispanic and Latino Americans , Family life , New York City , Public transit , Romance

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Set against the backdrop of New York’s transit system, an unlikely love blooms between two budding artists. Alex, a talented baseball player with a demanding Dominican father, secretly writes poetry. He doesn’t want to let his father down but he wants to explore his own dreams outside of baseball. However, he knows baseball is the way out of po Set against the backdrop of New York’s transit system, an unlikely love blooms between two budding artists. Alex, a talented baseball player with a demanding Dominican father, secretly writes poetry. He doesn’t want to let his father down but he wants to explore his own dreams outside of baseball. However, he knows baseball is the way out of poverty and the bridge to respect in a world that sees him as just another thug. Isabelle is a brilliant dancer with a bright future. To the outside world, everything looks perfect—her wealth and beauty provide her opportunities and privilege—but there are things she wishes she could change, like her mother’s elitist attitude and prejudices. There’s also the secret about her brother. Isabelle and Alex meet on the subway and fall in love, but when her father loses his job, Isabelle’s whole world is turned upside down. Will their relationship thrive or will it be crushed by the people they love? This is a love story that sheds light on self-hatred and colorism in the Latinx community. Readers will take a walk in Alex’s black Chuck Taylors and experience the feeling of being policed when he is just trying to live, and dance in Isabelle’s ballet shoes to discover how it feels when people are shocked she speaks Spanish because her skin is white and her hair is blonde. Serious romantics will enjoy this love story set against racism, classism, colorism, and mental health stigma.

Book Details

ISBN

9781419734939

First Release

May 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Amulet

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Crime: Gang/Organized Crime, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: General, Violence: Suicide

Topics

Dating (social customs), Social classes, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Family life, New York City, Public transit, Romance,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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