Indivisible

by Aleman, Daniel,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
This timely, moving debut novel follows a teen's efforts to keep his family together as his parents face deportation.



Mateo Garcia and his younger sister, Sophie, have been taught to fear one word for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico started to fade. Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they're hard workers and good neighbors. When Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken by ICE, he realizes that his family's worst nightmare has become a reality. With his parents' fate and his own future hanging in the balance, Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he's forced to question what it means to be an American.



Daniel Aleman's Indivisible is a remarkable story--both powerful in its explorations of immigration in America and deeply intimate in its portrait of a teen boy driven by his fierce, protective love for his parents and his sister.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Mateo Garcia works a daily shift at his father's corner bodega, time that he would rather spend with his best friends, going to Broadway shows, or pursuing his goal of attending NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. But all of Mateo's plans go out the window the day his undocumented immigrant parents are picked up by ICE agents. Mateo's every waking moment (and his sleepless nights) is occupied with taking care of his seven-year-old sister, Sophie, and trying to figure out where his parents have been taken. He's afraid to tell anyone at school. Fortunately, a family friend, Jorge, steps in and finds a pro bono lawyer. Meanwhile, Mateo struggles to make rent on the family apartment and to feed and clothe Sophie. When going to school and avoiding Child Protective Services prove too much, the siblings move in with Jorge's family. It's not until Sophie's inability to adjust to life without their parents forces Mateo to consider leaving all his dreams behind that he's finally able to consider reaching out to his friends for support. Debut author Aleman was born in Mexico and his writing is stellar, clear and emotional, realistic and suspenseful. The story is complex and heart-wrenching, yet full of hope and familial love, making this an excellent choice even for younger YA readers."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A gay Mexican American high school junior who dreams of attending the Tisch School of the Arts finds his life drastically upended in this thoroughly openhearted debut. Though Mateo "Matt" Garcia, 16, has undocumented parents, he leads a relatively mundane life in New York City; he attends SAT prep classes to prepare for college applications, takes shifts at the family bodega, and has recently attended his first open call for an off-Broadway play with his white gay best friend, Adam. But when he comes home one day to find both of his parents gone--each facing the threat of deportation from ICE--Mateo must take on added responsibilities and care for his seven-year-old sister Sophie while the future of his family hangs in the balance. Capturing the acute pain of forced separation and fraying familial bonds ("I'm starting to feel as though there's an invisible wall between us"), as well as the richness and depth of his protagonist's interior life, Aleman strikingly foregrounds the experiences of children impacted by U.S. deportation policy in this weighty novel, which will leave an indelible mark on the hearts of readers. Ages 14--up. Agent: Pete Knapp, Park & Fine Literary and Media. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Separation (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Illegal aliens -- Fiction.
Deportation -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Social problem fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 392 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780759556058
0759556059
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