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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 120
Themes: Migrant workers, friendship, activism, refugees
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2009
Lexile Level: 990L
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Ten-year-old Rosario Ramirez and her family are political refugees from Mexico, trying to make a new life in Canada. After being teased at school, Rosario vows not to speak English again until she can speak with an accent that's one hundred percent Canadian. Since she and her parents plan to spend the whole summer working on BC fruit farms, she will be surrounded by Spanish speakers again. But when her family's closest friend Jose gets terribly sick, Rosario's plans start to unravel. Neither Jose nor Rosario's parents speak English well enough to get him the help he needs. Like it or not, Rosario must face her fears about letting her voice be heard.

Canadian Literature - May 1, 2011
"The book doesn't avoid introducing its young readers to real-life issues...Maintain[s] narrative unity and avoids sentimentality and self-righteousness in its depiction of the exploitation of immigrant workers."
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2010
"The author's portrayal of immigrant life is convincing. The reader will sympathize with Rosie, and see the courage in making and learning from mistakes…Recommended."
CM Magazine - February 5, 2010
"After Peaches has strong educative potential as a tool for introducing and discussing the experiences of New Canadians. Moreover, the novel is an interesting and engaging read that might better help children to understand the topic and its complexity than the typical type of resources that teachers might otherwise employ. Recommended."
Canadian Children's Book News - January 1, 2010
"An inspirational read for any child who is learning a second language."
Booklist - December 15, 2009
"Written in first person with clarity and understanding, this chapter book reflects the experiences and emotions of the many immigrant children who work to fit in despite sometimes feeling ill at ease in their new countries…Handsome jacket art and a sturdy paperback format make this quietly appealing narrative an attractive choice."
St. Albert Gazette - December 12, 2009
"An excellent, gripping premise."

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Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize nominee  | 2010 | Short-listed
Chocolate Lily nominee  | 2011 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2011 | Commended
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee  | 2011 | Short-listed

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