The Far Away Brothers (Adapted for Young Adults): Two Teenage Immigrants Making a Life in America

By: Lauren Markham

Ernesto and Raúl Flores are identical twins, used to being mistaken for each other. As seventeen-year-olds living in rural El Salvador, they think the United States is just a far-off dream—it’s too risky, too expensive to start a life there. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of MS-13, one of El Salvador’s brutal gangs, he flees the country for his own safety. Raúl, fearing that he will be mistaken for his brother, follows close behind.
 
Running from one danger to the next, the Flores twins make the harrowing journey north, crossing the Rio Grande and the Texas desert only to fall into the hands of immigration authorities. When they finally make it to the custody of their older brother in Oakland, California, the difficulties don’t end.
 
While navigating a new school in a new language, struggling to pay off their mounting coyote debt, and anxiously waiting for their day in immigration court, Raul and Ernesto are also trying to lead normal teenage lives—dealing with girls, social media, and fitting in. With only each other for support, they begin the process of carving out a life for themselves, one full of hope and possibility.
 
Adapted for young adults from the award-winning adult edition, The Far Away Brothers is the inspiring true story of two teens making their way in America, a personal look at U.S. immigration policy, and a powerful account of contemporary immigration.


Author’s note. Afterword. Source notes. Index.

ISBN: 9781984829788

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Criminal culture, Racism, Strong language, Underage drinking, Underage smoking, Violence, Sexual abuse, Self-harm, Statutory rape, Death, Harsh realities of refugees’ situations
Topics: Ernesto Flores (1997– ) , Raul Flores (1997– ) , Salvadorans , Oakland, California , Salvadoran Americans , Illegal aliens , Refugees , Undocumented immigrants , Unaccompanied immigrant children , Twin brothers , Emigration and immigration , El Salvador

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This young adult adaptation of Markham’s book by the same name tells the story of twin brothers Ernesto and Raúl Flores. When Ernesto ended up on the wrong side of the gang MS-13, he fled El Salvador for America; Raúl quickly joined his identical brother, fearing he would be mistaken for Ernesto. The brothers crossed the border, ultimately fall This young adult adaptation of Markham’s book by the same name tells the story of twin brothers Ernesto and Raúl Flores. When Ernesto ended up on the wrong side of the gang MS-13, he fled El Salvador for America; Raúl quickly joined his identical brother, fearing he would be mistaken for Ernesto. The brothers crossed the border, ultimately falling into the hands of immigration. They navigated the legal process of acquiring papers, learned English, and figured out ways to send money home to their parents in order to repay the mounting debt they incurred to make it to the United States. Markham tells the story honestly and vividly, and while at times the book reads like fiction, she inserts her expertise as well as facts and data on the issue. Readers will get a very human glimpse into the lives of two immigrants while also learning more about the larger picture of immigration in the United States. A must for all young adult nonfiction shelves.

Book Details

ISBN

9781984829788

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

979.4

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 890L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Criminal culture, Racism, Strong language, Underage drinking, Underage smoking, Violence, Sexual abuse, Self-harm, Statutory rape, Death, Harsh realities of refugees’ situations

Topics

Ernesto Flores (1997– ), Raul Flores (1997– ), Salvadorans, Oakland, California, Salvadoran Americans, Illegal aliens, Refugees, Undocumented immigrants, Unaccompanied immigrant children, Twin brothers, Emigration and immigration, El Salvador,

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