Land of the Cranes (Scholastic Gold)
Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338343861 Paperback
272 Pages | 5.273" x 7.563" | Ages 8 to 12
From the prolific author of The Moon Within comes the heart-wrenchingly beautiful story in verse of a young Latinx girl who learns to hold on to hope and love even in the darkest of places: a family detention center for migrants and refugees.
Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel wars in Mexico. The Aztecs came from a place called Aztlan, what is now the Southwest US, called the land of the cranes. They left Aztlan to establish their great city in the center of the universe-Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City. It was prophesized that their people would one day return to live among the cranes in their promised land. Papi tells Betita that they are cranes that have come home.
Then one day, Betita's beloved father is arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Mexico. Betita and her pregnant mother are left behind on their own, but soon they too are detained and must learn to survive in a family detention camp outside of Los Angeles. Even in cruel and inhumane conditions, Betita finds heart in her own poetry and in the community she and her mother find in the camp. The voices of her fellow asylum seekers fly above the hatred keeping them caged, but each day threatens to tear them down lower than they ever thought they could be. Will Betita and her family ever be whole again?
This critically acclaimed novel, Land of the Cranes, joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!
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Distinctions and Praise for Land of the Cranes:
2020 Americas Award Winner
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book
New York Public Library's Best Books of 2020
Northern California Book Award Finalist
California Library Association - Beatty Award Winner
Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book
Rise: A Feminist Book Project List
* "Powerful...lyrical...soaring." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Some books are beautifully written. Others are vitally important. Land of the Cranes is both. Quite simply, a must-read."—Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Single Shard
"Aida Salazar is one of the most important new voices in children's literature. Land of the Cranes is a novel that uplifts, empowers, and soars. This book belongs in every classroom." —Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Award-winning author of Hello, Universe
"In a time of chaos, Land of the Cranes rises above the clouds of confusion and sings a skillful, migratory song; its sorrowful lament, a tearful message—Awaken! Awaken! Let love lead to change."—Guadalupe García McCall, Pura Belpré Award Winner of Under the Mesquite