American Street is a gripping account of Fabiola Youssaint, a Haitian girl from Port-au-Prince who, on the corner of American Street and Joy Road, believed she would finally find une belle vie—a good life in the U.S. After leaving Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to deal with her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess. Living in Detroit’s west side, she comes to accept attending a new school and finding romance in an unexpected place. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream? Zoboi’s powerful coming-of-age story draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.
Lexile Measure: HL690L
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©2017. Middle school, high school. 5 x 8 inches. Hardcover, 352 pages.