Efrén Divided

By Ernesto Cisneros

When his mother is deported to Mexico, seventh grader Efrén is the only one who can cross the border to bring his mother home.


From the 2021 Belpre Committee: Efrén Divided brings us the story of twelve-year-old Efrén, whose world flips when his mother is deported to Mexico, but whose determination to reunite his family never wavers. Ernesto Cisneros’s debut novel adeptly balances hope and heart break in this timely story of undocumented individuals working to build a better life.
“The story of Efrén Nava is Ernesto Cisneros’s enduring ode to children of immigrant parents, whose quiet strength and resilience is laudable and inspiring,” said Pura Belpré Award Committee Chair Jessica Agudelo.

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