Join a young boy and his father on a daring journey from Mexico to Texas to find a new life. They’ll need all the resilience and courage they can muster to safely cross the border − la frontera − and to make a home for themselves in a new land.
A Booklist Top 10 Diverse Books for Youth 2019 Pick
Books that Humanize Immigration List, American Association of School Librarians, 2018
NECBA Windows & Mirrors Selections, 2018
Top 11 Picture Book Biographies of Social Justice Leaders, BookRiot, 2020
New Women New Yorkers summer reading list, 2019
★ "So simple, but so beautiful, the story depicts what many must go through when seeking a better life in America" – Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "An authentic and humanizing perspective on immigration" – Booklist, starred review
"An authentic and humanizing perspective on immigration; a must-have for classrooms, libraries, and bilingual collections" – Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ
About the Contributors
Written by - Alfredo Alva
Alfredo Alva is a stonemason from La Ceja, Mexico. He and his family live in Texas, where he designs architectural details from stone for local architects. He met Deborah Mills while working on a local architecture project, and they worked together to write his story and obtain photos of his family and hometown in Mexico.
Written by - Deborah Mills
Deborah Mills is an architect who has lived and traveled all over the world with her family. She divides her time between Texas, USA and the Thousand Islands.
Illustrated by - Claudia Navarro
Claudia Navarro studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas UNAM in Mexico City, and has illustrated for clients around the world. She lives in Mexico City, Mexico.