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Winner of the Pura Belpré Award

"We need books to break open our hearts, so that we might feel more deeply, so that we might be more human in these unkind times. This is a book doing work of the spirit in a time of darkness." (Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street)

Efrén Nava’s Amá is his Superwoman - or Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings Max and Mía feel safe and loved.

But Efrén worries about his parents; although he's American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn't return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México.

Now more than ever, Efrén must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family. 

A glossary of Spanish words is included. 

©2020 Ernesto Cisneros (P)2020 HarperAudio

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  • 22-08-2020

Immigrants' True Story!

I needed a happy closing. The story ends in a hopeful note but sad. I wonder if the author will write a sequel.

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  • 17-07-2020

A book for people witb a heart

Through Efren Divided, Ernesto Cisneros tells an amazing story that parallels many children's struggles, here in the U.S.A. This is the land of the free, the home of the brave, a land of immigrants, or is it?

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