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Sanctuary somewhere, Brenna Dimmig

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Sanctuary somewhere
Title
Sanctuary somewhere
Statement of responsibility
Brenna Dimmig
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
After he finds out he's undocumented, seventeen-year-old high school student Osmel fears he won't be able to pursue his dream of becoming a meteorologist
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Tone
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Review
  • Gr 6 Up—Osmel has just begun his senior year of high school and is making college plans when he learns that he is undocumented. Through a verse narrative, readers follow Osmel's journey through discovery, grief, and acceptance. He begins to question if he will be able to achieve his dream of becoming a meteorologist, and he harbors resentment toward his sister, who was born in the United States. By way of comparison, teens see Osmel's Tía Alex, an outspoken law student registered under the DREAM Act, and his friend Juan, whose father is taken by ICE. Dimmig writes respectfully about a current topic, but the poetry in this verse novel does not hold up. The content is not too mature for preteens but is current enough to serve as a hi-lo book for an older teen. The line breaks seem random at times: "I watch Leslie/as she unfolds a blue/blanket and places it/over the small table/set for our family altar." There is not much use of the wordplay or literary devices that differentiate poetry from prose. VERDICT Although this is a timely subject and there is nothing objectionable in the book, other options may be a better choice. An additional purchase.—Jeri Murphy, C.F. Simmons Middle School, Aurora, IL --Jeri Murphy (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 3, p82)
  • Debut author Dimmig produces a deep and meaningful story in verse for reluctant readers about a young man who is shocked to discover that he is undocumented. Osmel, a high school senior, lives in eastern Washington with his mother and 12-year-old sister, Leslie, and hopes to study meteorology in college. While celebrating Leslie's birthday, Osmel learns from his law student aunt, Tía Alex—who recently marched alongside hundreds of other Dreamers in Seattle—that he and his mother are undocumented. From that point onward, Osmel is filled with trepidation. He confides in his school counselor but otherwise keeps this secret to himself, not even telling his mother he knows the truth. When his friend Juan confides that his dad didn't come home the night before and later called his mom from a holding center, this only adds to Osmel's daily apprehension. Told in the first person, primarily from Osmel's perspective, descriptions of nature and weather patterns (his family works picking fruit in an orchard) and a sense of fear and loneliness permeate the story. Interludes from Leslie's perspective offer a more assured, lyrical, and free voice, a fitting counterpoint to Osmel's narration. The narrative is powerful, informative, and insightful, weakened only by a bumpy ending that feels overstuffed. An undeniably moving read recommended for absolutely everyone—Dreamer or not. (Verse novel. 12-18) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10776991
Cataloging source
YDX
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Dimmig, Brenna
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 12-17
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Novels in verse
  • Hispanic American high school students
  • Illegal aliens
  • Immigrants
  • Novels in verse
  • Hispanic American high school students
  • Illegal aliens
  • Immigrants
Label
Sanctuary somewhere, Brenna Dimmig
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1055914630
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
190 pages
Isbn
9781538382844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1055914630
Label
Sanctuary somewhere, Brenna Dimmig
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1055914630
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
190 pages
Isbn
9781538382844
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1055914630

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