The Thing You're Good At

  • Pages:168
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:deportation, racism, immigration policies, undocumented immigrant, human rights
  • Pub Date:11/17/2020
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:3.8
  • Lexile:HL600L
  • ATOS:4.1
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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After her parents are deported, Maria's life is not only upended, it's in danger.

Jake's friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria's parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake's basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the state. But when she returns to her old apartment to retrieve her hidden birth certificate, Maria is abducted by young men on the lookout for teenage girls who have lost their parents to deportation. Jake is determined to rescue Maria before she's turned over to the authorities. Or worse.

"Fast-paced and easy to read…A novel that will hold student readers' attention and will enable them to connect with the text in a variety of ways. Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"Fast-paced…a good start for reluctant teen readers."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Teens will find this easy-to-read novel riveting…reluctant readers will be drawn to the action packed drama and regard this timely novel with interest."
– School Library Connection
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