Two Worlds

Summary:

In 1926, revolution in Mexico forced the Garcia family to flee to the United States. They resettled in Aztec, a mining town in the American Southwest. Jose, a precocious eleven-year-old, wanted to play baseball, help earn money for his family, and be treated as an equal by his Anglo peers.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story is real and the characters are believable. Although they may never experience Jose’s experiences personally, readers will relate to his joy and pain and gain some measure of understanding of the suffering and inhumanity caused by bigotry.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Big Kid Reaction

This fictional accurately portrays the determination and hardships shown by immigrants trying to meet the many challenges of starting a new life in a hostile environment. The story is simple and low key, but the messages are strong and beg to be discussed.

Type of Book:
This is a historical fiction work for advanced readers.
Educational Themes:

This story reveals how Mexican families who migrated to the U.S. lived, raised families, and coped with the challenges of poverty, bigotry, and institutional bias. There is much to learn from the story and much more to talk about and share with young readers.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Parents, teachers, or counselors can use this book to provide opportunities for middle and junior high school students who grapple with the problem of bigotry, immigration, poverty, and hope. The issues could not be more relevant.

Title Two Worlds
Author Marietta Barron
Publisher Royal Fireworks Press © 1997
Illustrators Chris Dodge
ISBN 088092120X
Material Paperback
Genres Family, Sports
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