Staff Review: "The Book of Unknown Americans"
Maribel Rivera is a happy, beautiful girl living with her family in Mexico when a tragic accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury changes everything. The Riveras must make the tough decision to uproot their family from their comfortable life in Mexico in order to give Maribel her best chance in an American school in Delaware. After making the 30-hour trek in the backseat of a pickup truck, the family quickly discovers that making a life in America is not going to be as easy as they had hoped. Despite going through all of the legal channels of visas, employment, school enrollment, and housing, they find that they are faced with discrimination, hardships, and loss. This is also the love story of a Mexican girl and a Panamanian boy, who despite all odds, find each other. This is a deeply moving book about the struggles faced by families who come to America looking for a better life.