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Between Us and Abuela

Between Us and Abuela

A Family Story from the Border

Mitali Perkins; illustrated by Sara Palacios

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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From award-winning author Mitali Perkins and illustrator Sara Palacios comes Between Us and Abuela, a timely debut picture book about love overcoming the border fences between Mexico and the United States.

It's almost time for Christmas, and Maria is traveling with her mother and younger brother, Juan, to visit their grandmother on the border of California and Mexico.

For the few minutes they can share together along the fence, Maria and her brother plan to exchange stories and Christmas gifts with the grandmother they haven't seen in years. But when Juan's gift is too big to fit through the slats in the fence, Maria has a brilliant idea. She makes it into a kite that soars over the top of the iron bars.

Here is a heartwarming tale of multi-cultural families, and the miracle of love.

Praise for Between Us and Abuela

*A Charlotte Huck Honor Book!*
*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

"A story of family strength and unity overcoming fences along the Mexican/United States border. Another poignant piece to add to the current national discussion about the border. A must for any collection." –School Library Journal, starred review


"A powerful picture book debut . . . Cartoon drawings emphasize the resilience of Abuela and her family as they navigate the border landscape, the impenetrable wall, and a situation that feels unfathomable—but is, unfortunately, all too based in reality." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This touching contemporary story sensitively focuses on the U.S.–Mexican border and Mexico's cultural traditions in a heartwarming, informative, and hopeful way. Perkins gently voices some of the challenges families can experience when they are separated by a border . . . Maria’s inventive solution to that distance will make readers cheer, and Palacios’ warm illustrations in saturated colors make the scenes vibrant with feeling and quietly fold in informative visual details about the border and the family’s cultural traditions." —Booklist

"An excellent prompt for discussion . . . a cliché-busting holiday book that could deepen a unit on celebration." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A heartwarming, culturally specific, and hopeful family holiday story." —Horn Book

". . . A heartwarming story of one family's strength and unity in overcoming fen… More…

*A Charlotte Huck Honor Book!*
*A Junior Library Guild Selection*

"A story of family strength and unity overcoming fences along the Mexican/United States border. Another poignant piece to add to the current national discussion about the border. A must for any collection." –School Library Journal, starred review


"A powerful picture book debut . . . Cartoon drawings emphasize the resilience of Abuela and her family as they navigate the border landscape, the impenetrable wall, and a situation that feels unfathomable—but is, unfortunately, all too based in reality." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This touching contemporary story sensitively focuses on the U.S.–Mexican border and Mexico's cultural traditions in a heartwarming, informative, and hopeful way. Perkins gently voices some of the challenges families can experience when they are separated by a border . . . Maria’s inventive solution to that distance will make readers cheer, and Palacios’ warm illustrations in saturated colors make the scenes vibrant with feeling and quietly fold in informative visual details about the border and the family’s cultural traditions." —Booklist

"An excellent prompt for discussion . . . a cliché-busting holiday book that could deepen a unit on celebration." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A heartwarming, culturally specific, and hopeful family holiday story." —Horn Book

". . . A heartwarming story of one family's strength and unity in overcoming fences along the United States-Mexico border. It sheds light on the hardship of separation and the resilience of families who live on opposite sides of the border. Vibrant scenes and beautiful illustrations bring the story to life." —Common Sense Media

"Our kid reviewers were immediately invested in this story of a family from San Diego that takes a bus to meet Abuela (whom they haven’t seen in five years) at the fence along the border." —Parents.com

"Colorful illustrations capture perfectly a hopeful story by East Bay author and Stanford alumna Perkins. Between Us and Abuela is both timely and classic." —Palo Alto Online

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Mitali Perkins; illustrated by Sara Palacios

Mitali Perkins has written novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (a National Book Award Nominee, a Walter Honor Book, A South Asia Book Award Winner, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Book of the Year), Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL Top 100 Book) and Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel). Mitali was born in India and currently resides in Northern California.

Sara Palacios is the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Award. A native of Mexico, Sara graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City and went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her books include How to Code a Sandcastle and How to Code a Rollercoaster.

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