Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From
Liliana Cruz is a hitting a wall—or rather, walls.
There’s the wall her mom has put up ever since Liliana’s dad left—again.
There’s the wall that delineates Liliana’s diverse inner-city Boston neighborhood from Westburg, the wealthy—and white—suburban high school she’s just been accepted into.
And there’s the wall Liliana creates within herself, because to survive at Westburg, she can’t just lighten up, she has to whiten up.
So what if she changes her name? So what if she changes the way she talks? So what if she’s seeing her neighborhood in a different way? But then light is shed on some hard truths: It isn’t that her father doesn’t want to come home—he can’t…and her whole family is in jeopardy. And when racial tensions at school reach a fever pitch, the walls that divide feel insurmountable.
But a wall isn’t always a barrier. It can be a foundation for something better. And Liliana must choose: Use this foundation as a platform to speak her truth, or risk crumbling under its weight.
JLG Release: Oct 2020
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 4.2; Points: 11;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Discrimination: Sexism , Violence: Mild Violence , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
Racism, Hispanic and Latino Americans, High schools, Secrets, Family life, Boston, Massachusetts, METCO (Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity) school integration program, Guatemalan Americans, Race relations, Social classes, Self-esteem and self-reliance,