The Other Side of the River


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$17.99  $16.73
Sourcebooks Young Readers
Publish Date
5.76 X 8.48 X 1.28 inches | 1.09 pounds

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About the Author

Alda P. Dobbs is as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, and nature as she is about writing. Alda lives with her husband and two children outside Houston, Texas.


"Petra Luna is one of my favorite protagonists in middle grade fiction; she is fiery and single-minded when it comes to protecting her family and pursuing her dreams. This is an inspirational novel. Must purchase" -- Youth Services Book Review, STARRED Review
"The novel highlights the barriers and abuses faced by many new immigrants both historically and today through short chapters that keep the pace moving toward a happy ending" -- Kirkus Reviews
"A suspenseful ending brings heartfelt closure... Petra continues to be a strong, brave protagonist" -- Booklist
"I enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed how the author condensed important subjects into this book without glossing over them. A present theme of immigration in this book, I liked how she represented it in her writing, she made it understandable for younger readers without glossing over some of its complexities" -- Kids' Book Buzz
"A vivid glimpse into the 1913 Mexican Revolution and its aftermath, much of which is still relevant to today's immigration and refugee crisis...unforgettable" -- School Library Journal
"Author Dobbs dramatically and eloquently describes the rollercoaster of events, leaping between highs and lows, that immigrants face today and in the past. Highly recommended for middle school libraries." -- Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
"A delightful middle-grade historical novel about the struggles of starting anew while never forgetting where you came from." -- Historical Novels Review