Illegal: A Disappeared Novel (Hardcover)
In attempt to liberate kidnapped girls and expose a notorious cartel, Sara steals a valuable possession from a dangerous cartel leader. Doing so, she puts not only her life, but also her family's lives, in danger. The ramification of her actions prompts the separation of her family, comprised of Sara, her mother, and her brother Emiliano.
In order to achieve justice for the girls, Sara and Emiliano decide that it is best for them to split at the border. Sara's journey takes place in a detention facility along the border, where she hopes for asylum. Through her experiences, she notes the inhumane treatment of the asylees in the stark facility. While Sarah is struggling to maintain her faith in the detention center, Emiliano struggles to assimilate in the city. His journey takes place in Chicago, where he is an undocumented immigrant who is determined to finish what his sister started.
This story highlights the starkness of being an undocumented immigrant located in both detention centers and rural areas. It acknowledges that regardless of the condition, immigrating to America brings forth challenges as well as optimism.— Bailey Z.
Life in Mexico is a death sentence for Emiliano and his sister Sara.
To escape the violent cartel that is after them, they flee across the border, seeking a better life in the United States and hoping that they can find a way to bring their pursuers to justice.
Sara turns herself over to the authorities to apply for asylum.
Emiliano enters the country illegally, planning to live with their father.
But now Sara is being held indefinitely in a detention facility, awaiting an asylum hearing that may never come, finding it harder every day to hold on to her faith and hope. Life for Emiliano is not easy either. Everywhere he goes, it's clear that he doesn't belong. And all the while, the cartel is closing in on them...
Emiliano sets off on a tense and dangerous race to find justice, but can he expose the web of crimes from his place in the shadows?
Award-winning author Francisco X. Stork's powerful follow-up to Disappeared delves with his usual sensitivity into the injustice that hides under the guise of the law in the United States. This is a timely and moving story that takes an unsparing look at the asylum process and the journey to find a new life in the US.
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"An eye-opening look at U.S. immigration wrapped inside a tense thriller." -- Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee
"Illegal is a compelling read infused with Francisco Stork's signature heart and thought-provoking ideas. With honesty and authenticity, it grapples with questions that we all ask ourselves about the moral inequities of immigration. Heartbreaking, yet hopeful." -- Pam Muñoz Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of Echo and Esperanza Rising
"Illegal is timely and evocative. Once again, Francisco X. Stork challenges and expands our perceptions of empathy, justice, and what it means to be human." -- Sharon Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of The Light in Hidden Places
Praise for Disappeared:
* "A timely and touching novel that will surely engross fans of true crime stories. This title would be a welcome addition to young adult collections." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "A tense thriller elevated by Stork's nuanced writing and empathy for every character, including the villains -- superb." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Stork beautifully explores the strong ties to one's home along with... the lure of power; and the strength necessary to dream, hope, and make positive change in such crushingly dangerous and difficult circumstances." -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
* "Stork uses parallel storylines to flesh out the two protagonists, and then slowly brings them together to a harrowing climax. Not only does this result in a riveting story, it also highlights the harsh complexity of young Mexicans' lives. Readers will find this thrilling as well as eye-opening." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for The Memory of Light:
* "Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Stork writes sensitively about Vicky's journey from near death to shaky recovery... A subject that needs the discussion Stork's potent novel can readily provide." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Accurate, heartbreaking, and hopeful... A beautiful read." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "Undeniable emotional strength and an encouraging, compassionate message. Stork writes his characters with authenticity and respect... Highly rewarding." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Marcelo in the Real World:
"[A] brisk, brilliant, unsentimental novel." -- Robert Lipsyte, New York Times Book Review
* "Stork introduces ethical dilemmas, the possibility of love, and other 'real world' conflicts, all the while preserving the integrity of his characterizations and intensifying the novel's psychological and emotional stakes. Not to be missed." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "It is the rare novel that reaffirms a belief in goodness; rarer still is one that does so this emphatically." -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
Praise for The Last Summer of the Death Warriors:
* "Stork's latest marks him as one of the most promising young adult authors of the new decade." -- The Horn Book, starred review
"Complicated yet ultimately endearing characters are a Francisco Stork standard. His latest novel doesn't disappoint." -- Chicago Sun-Times