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


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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California, focusing on issues related to youth, migration, the environment, and her home state of California. Her work has appeared in outlets such as Harper's, the New Republic, Orion, the Guardian, the New York Times, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. Lauren earned her MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For over a decade, she has worked in the fields of refugee resettlement and immigrant education.
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"Never intrusive with her research, [Markham] keeps an eye on the family story while weaving in bits of history, geography, and politics. As a result, the fear and displacement the boys felt in California are both touching and educational. The informative afterword offers historical context and suggestions about what might be done to remedy the humanitarian crisis. Gets inside the heads and hearts of immigrants." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"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." --School Library Journal, Starred

"Markham has adapted her own book into a version for teens that loses none of the urgency or timeliness of the original. . . . The narrative includes accounts of economic policies that drive farmers into gangs, social policies that create animosity between people, and political policies that fuel anger and enable corporations to profit from vulnerability and loss. We learn how these policies affect real people, casting families into hopeless situations, debt, and separation. . . . Visceral and informative, this is a necessary read for today's youth." --Booklist

Praise for the adult edition of The Far Away Brothers

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review

"Impeccably timeed, intimately reported and beautifully expressed." --The New York Times

"You should read The Far Away Brothers. We all should." --NPR