The only home she’s ever known,
her city, her beach, her neighborhood,
now a threat, hostility around each corner…
Zara’s college plans are in limbo as the high school senior impatiently waits for her family’s green card status to be approved in Corpus Christi where her father’s medical practice has thrived for years.
The devout Muslims here say her Pakistani family is too secular, while white bullies at school are ratcheting up their harassment of brown people.
Meeting Chloe is like a beautiful seabreeze, and the two young women begin a relationship, despite the disapproval of Chloe’s conservative religious parents.
When her gentle father angrily reacts to a hate crime against their family, Zara’s life shatters into disarray.
What’s their green card application status now?
Why are immigrants hated here so much?
Living next door to the Garcias since she and best friend Nick were toddlers, Zara knows only Texas as home, but maybe this land of opportunity doesn’t want to know her.
New this month and a fitting AtoZ Challenge finale on the 25th anniversary of Dia de los ninos/Children’s Book Day which celebrates connecting the deep, wide, and wonderful range of books to all kids of all backgrounds.
When to stand firm and when to bend?