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José and his family live in a small town in the department of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. When the family falls on hard times, José makes the difficult decision to migrate to the United States in search of work. Based on a true story, this book recounts José’s journey north and examines the impact on the family he left behind.
Level 1 and 2
Total Words: 6,500
About the Author
Jennifer Degenhardt taught middle and high school Spanish for 24 years. She decided to combine her language skills with storytelling, specifically involving kids and culture. Her books highlight cultural, social, economic, and political themes necessary for continued conversation, both inside and outside the classroom. She hopes her stories will provide a platform for discussion, as anything can be solved—to some degree—with a conversation.