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Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From



by
Jennifer De Leon

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy
ISBN
9781534438248
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
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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.

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

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.2: points 11

Lexile

HL590L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

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.


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