Guadalupe Garcia McCall: All the Stars Denied

D help us better understand the present This stunning middle grade book about family separation wrongful deportation and dehumanization of people of color is captures a forgotten part of history that is ven relevant today Estrella loves to daydream and write poems about nature It is 1931 the Great Depression is in full swing and Estrella s Mexican American family lives in Texas in a border town Mexican Americans are discriminated against by the local Anglos but when Estrella and her family speak up her home is raided in the night and her family is repatriated to Mexico without their documents She her brother and parents are American citizens and yet they are treated worse than animals In Mexico they are kept in an outdoor pen and given far too little food Even worse her family has been separated Can Estrella and her mother withstand the challenges keep her little brother healthy find her father and get back home This powerful story will illuminate a forgotten chapter of our history in which over 1 million Mexicans 600000 of whom were American citizens were deported to Mexico Although this is historical fiction this story is all too familiar in today s climate The narrative is interspersed with Estrella s poetry as well as lyrical Childrens Phantasies emotional letters to her Abuelita who fought her own struggle in a companion novel Shame the Stars My only gripe is that at time the story felt too plot driven I wouldn t have minded a longer book with space for reflection and Estrella s stunning poetry Parts of the book are in Spanish which lends authenticity andngagement A glossary is provided in the back but many words can be figured out in context The author s note as well as information for further reading is helpful as well librariansofinstagram librariesofinstagram allthestarsdenied mglit mgbooks ilovemg guadalupegarciamccall bookreview This review was originally posted on As Told By TinaI received this book for free from in xchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewContentTrigger Warnings for Racism and racial slurs Kidnapping and abduction Abuse Violence I hardly ver read historical fiction There s no real reason why just that it is not a genre that I personally find myself picking up When it came time to pick a book for Multicultural Children s Book Day I wanted to read All The Stars Denied Why Well for starters it is really hard to find books with Mexican Americans main characters in them I also felt like I needed to read this because it felt like I could connect to the story in many ways And third of all I have been dying to read a Garcia McCall book for a long time My Review All The Stars Denied was The Soviet Union everything I wasxpecting and It is a companion novel to Garcia McCall s novel Shame The Stars Personally I didn t read Shame The Stars and I feel like I didn t miss anything by not reading it first This can definitely be read as a standalone All The Stars Denied takes place during the Great Depression It was during a time that Mexican Americans were being deported to Mexico illegally I personally don t remember learning about this time in any of my classes so this was truly fascinating Estrella Del Toro is our fifteen year old main character and the story is told through her perspective She is the oldest and most importantly to this story she was born in the USA and had only lived in Texas She has aspirations of being a writer much like her father and her mother Very strong parents who taught her to fight for what she believed in raised her That is one thing that is prevalent in the story She goes from a regular fifteen year old to standing up for her friends and her community What I Liked The story I loved it Goodreads says this book is about 400 pages long and honestly it didn t feel like it was I was sucked in from the beginning and before I knew it the story was Gods and Heroes ending I was able to connect to Estrella being a Mexican American who also lives by the southern border I also loved that I learned something Mexican American history is not taught in New Mexico and if it is it is very brief I never heard of these deportations My great grandparents didn t migrate and by that I mean literally cross the same river that is mentioned in All The Stars Denied until about 1940 I also loved the brief mention of El Paso Texas and Ciudad Juarez I live in El Paso and have walked to Ciudad Juarez many times Even though this story does take place in during The Great Depression I can assure you that Juarez does have a certain smell to it It feels completely different when you cross over from El Paso I loved the fact that the story had a mix of English and Spanish It felt authentic to me because that s honestly how I speak and pretty much how my brain works I flow between English and Spanishvery single day I also liked that Garcia McCall pointed out the different dialects of Spanish When I have customers from different parts of Mexico speak to me they tell me I speak what they call Border Spanish And honestly I do also there is a glossary at the Science, Technology and Culture end so this can help you if you don t speak Spanish What I didn t like Being that this was the very first time hearing of these injustices towards Mexican Americans I was outrage It also made me sad because this was during the time that at least as far as I know my great grandparents were trying to come to the US from Guadalajara So I tried to picture my great grandma and great grandpa through this story and it was heartbreaking to say the least The story features Estrella s journalntries but because. 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I finally finished this book after months and months of reading a few pages here and there For me the writing style fell a little flat and clunky AND YET I believe that very one of my middle school students should read this because it tackles the hidden history of the first mass deportation vent in the US sending hundreds of thousands Mexican Americans out of the country during the Great Depression As I was reading this book I was aware once again about my ignorance around so much of the true history of this country and am grateful to Guadalupe Garcia McCall for opening my yes and telling Estrella s story Sadly her story persists today The day I finished the book I read about Francisco Erwin Galicia a US Citizen who was detained in Mexico for 23 days after a mistaken immigration arrest McCall s book is a reminder that we must always be willing to see clearly fight for justice and give voice to the voiceless All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall 322 pages TU Books Lee Low 2018 20 9781620142813Content Language PG 8 swears 0 F Mature Content PG racism racial slurs Violence PG off page beating forcedillegal deportationsBUYING ADVISORY MS HS ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL AVERAGETeenage Estrella and her family live in rural Texas at the height of the Great Depression The white community has begun to turn on the Mexican Americans and Mexicanos who live in the area and one night Estrella s family is abruptly dragged from their home and forcefully repatriated deported across the Mexican border despite being American citizens Now Estrella faces a truly daunting challenge of caring for her mother and little brother in a country not her own reuniting with her missing father and finding a way home to the actual land of her birthThis is a fantastic piece of historical fiction that I hated reading for the horror of its true story Estrella and her family are great characters and the story is hard to put down once you get into it I appreciated the Spanish words that are sprinkled throughout the novel without any translation it made Estrella and her Last Chance Bride experiences seemven real This would be an Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy especially good pick for communities that have a larg Review copy E ARC via EdelweissPublisher with final copy via libraryEstrella is a fifteen year old with an appreciation of nature and poetry She loves sitting outside observing and reflecting on the world around her That world is beginning to turn upside down though People are disappearing Restrictive laws and violence targeting Mexicans are both increasing Estrella s family had kept her feeling safe and secure but things were changng rapidlyGuadalupe Garcia McCall allows readers to get a glimpse of Texas in the depressionra and the picture is not a pretty one Most history books skip over the details The depression was a difficult time yes but there was an added challenge if you were Mexican or Lawman Lover (Outlaws, even seemed to be Mexican Families were being separated and repatriated Of course repatriation is just another word for deportation and this wasven happening to US citizens who had never lived in MexicoEstrella and her family don t sit by and just watch all of these things happening They speak out and work for change This makes them a target Even Estrella s parents don t fully realize how vulnerable they are They still believe that their citizenship means something That papers and lawyers actually carry weightUnfortunately this story has many parallels to what we see happening in our country in the present time Some of the policies put into place back then are City Girl in Training eerily familiar It was impossible to read this story without thinking of current news storiesReaders will feel the frustrations of Estrella and her mother as they push up against one roadblock after another The injustices just keep piling up over time There are racist systems in place but Estrella and her mother are also disadvantaged by their gender They keep fighting though When they are frustrated and face setbacks they look for things that are within their control and move forward Estrella is full of hope and determinationAs in her previous novel Shame the Stars McCall combines narrative text with poems snippets from newspapers telegrams and other bits of realia that add to the feeling of looking back into the pastThe resolution is a bit rushed but otherwise the pacing worked well Overall the book is a page turner and will stick with me for a long timeRecommendation Get it nowspecially if you njoyed Shame the Stars It s a fantastic work of historical fiction that fills in some of the history that may be missing from textbooks and classroomsOriginal review posted here I could not wait to read this stunner after I finished the tough read Shame the Stars by GG McCall This historical read covers the horrendous repatriation of US citizens from the US Estrella is a Mexican American teen is living in Texas during the Great Depression on her family farm but during a time when many whites want the Mexican Americans out despite their citizenship the awfulness of their treatment as they are burned out of their home the reader learns of how dark this time of history was in its treatment of Mexican Americans how vil was the intent treatment and injustice to citizens and classes of people trying to make a living while living in their home the United States A must read for students to learn about a dark part of our history 5 for ALL THE STARS DENIED by guadalupemccall Stunning cover alert Captures the book perfectly leeandlow WTG I love how historical fiction can both teach us about the past an. In a companion novel to her critically acclaimed Shame the Stars Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

I had the Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files eARC the formatting was weird and it was mostly blank It made me a little sad because I felt like that definitely added a personal touch to the story Overall All The Stars Denied was my first five star read of the year And I highly recommend that you read it For me it gave me a piece of myself because I could very much relate to the characters It also made me want to learn about our history because I m honestly truly ignorant when it comes to the treat of Mexican Americans throughout history And like I said in the beginning of this review you don t have to read the first book to read this one this can be a standalone I truly hope you love it as much as I did Plot During the Great Depression 15 year old Estrella and her family are repatriated to Mexico despite the fact that they are all American citizensOpening line I ve been thinking a lot about the desparecidos in Montesco My Reflections As an avid reader of history I have read many books about the unjust incarceration of Japanese American citizens during WW2 I was unaware until I read this book tha a full decadearlier US citizens of Hispanic descent were being forceably removed and hauled away to Mexico because of racism and fear This is a Harrowing and important All the Stars Denied The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, explores a bleak moment when the US turned against Mexican Americans as scapegoats for its social andconomic woes Through Estrella s journey first toward activism and then back home after deportation Guadalupe Garc a McCall sketches with deft and poignant strokes a model of courage for our own darkling times This loose seuel to Shame the Stars is arguably the most important YA novel of 2018 During the Great Depression times were bleak for most people but specially for Mexican Americans living near the border as they were often used a scapegoat More than 1 million Mexican Americans including 600000 citizens were repatriated to Mexico Author McCall tells the story of fifteen year old Estrella del Toro and her family who are doing better than many on their ranch in southern Texas However racism is mounting in the local town and some neighbors have disappeared ie been deported to Mexico At a local town meeting her father and Estrella speak out When their home is burned to the ground her father is taken by the police and Estrella her mother and sickly younger brother are taken first to Ciudad and then to Mexico City They become refugees barely surviving on meager rations hoping for the kindness of strangers while they search for Estrella s father I would have given 4 stars but was annoyed with the author s freuent unnecessary use of Spanish words I do not know Not too long ago I wrote about casually scrolling through thirteen or so online English syllabi the first thirteen google results I wanted to write about and address the point that rasure of culture happens in public and private An Italian Education educations The pronounced absence the purposeful omission of Latinxs from American curriculum is a political choice that has devastating conseuences More on those conseuences later I thenxpanded my English literature syllabi search by tenaciously scrolling through the first one hundred syllabi Lamentably I only found nine syllabi out of the hundred that had works by or about Latinxs on their English literature syllabi Hundreds of works to teach American students and only nine different syllabi offered Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code either token poems seriously one was a haikuxcerpts of novels one or two short stories from larger anthologies and then the go to staple House on Mango Street as reflections of our presence within America s literary canon and within America itself So pathetic and disheartening Guadalupe Garcia McCall fills in the yawning cultural gap in American curriculum that political and literary Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, erasure that school curricula perpetuate Her novels Shame the Stars and All the Stars Denied are timely and necessary Readers can t help but have a visceral reaction to all of the trauma done to than half a million American families in the 1930s and to the del Toro family in this novel See GG McCall s Resources for details Americans of Mexican descent were rounded up maliciously separated so as to purposefully stymie a family s reunification and to purposefully stymie the families return to their home states American citizens were deported to a nation they didn t know Beaten mistreated falsely accused of not being US Citizens having their land stolen and then having to furtherndure the indignity of injustice by pleading one s case to the very people who committed the wrongs against them in the first placethe Daddy Wanted events of this historic period and their fictional presentation on the pages of this book split my heart in two McCall knows how to make her readers suffer Years of malicious prosecution of undocumented immigrants disappear from the pages of America s newspapers So the timing of GG McCall s work may seem serendipitous but her research reveals that the past one hundred years of America s history has been repeating itself time and time again As a former English Literature teacher I can t help but believe that flooding our students with a inclusive curriculum produces a student population that is politicallyfficacious The wealth of knowledge that McCall weaves into this text is a boon for American students And the book is just a pleasure to read Who doesn t want to cheer for Estrella Her growth from privileged brat to tough as nails advocate make readers cheer What GG McCall does here in this book is pretty inspiring I know I will read this book again and again. 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I was born in Piedras Negras Coahuila Mexico My family immigrated into the US when I was six years old I grew up in Eagle Pass a small border town in South Texas Eagle Pass is the setting of both my debut novel in verse UNDER THE MESUITE and my 2nd novel SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS fall of 2012 from TU Books After high school I went off to Alpine in West Texas to study to become a tea