Land of the Cranes

Land of the Cranes

From the prolific author of The Moon Within comes the heart-wrenchingly beautiful story in verse of a young Latinx girl who learns to hold on to hope and love even in the darkest of places: a family detention center for migrants and refugees.

Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel wars in Mexico. The Aztecs came from a place called Aztlan, what is now the Southwest US, called the land of the cranes. They left Aztlan to establish their great city in the center of the universe-Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City. It was prophesized that their people would one day return to live among the cranes in their promised land. Papi tells Betita that they are cranes that have come home.

Then one day, Betita's beloved father is arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Mexico. Betita and her pregnant mother are left behind on their own, but soon they too are detained and must learn to survive in a family detention camp outside of Los Angeles. Even in cruel and inhumane conditions, Betita finds heart in her own poetry and in the community she and her mother find in the camp. The voices of her fellow asylum seekers fly above the hatred keeping them caged, but each day threatens to tear them down lower than they ever thought they could be. Will Betita and her family ever be whole again?

Title:Land of the Cranes
Edition Language:English
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  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    A book in verse by the author of The Moon Within, it tells the story of a Latina girl, Betita, whose father has been separated from them due to migration issues and has been arrested. He gets deported...

  • Cande

    what a beautiful book. i found the reading so cathartic. this is a gut-punching story but with so much hope. trigger warnings: deportation, ICE, family separation, physical and emotional abuse, child ...

  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    The most emotional read...

  • David

    Y'all. OMG.Just wait till you read this beautiful, heart-wrenching book. ...

  • Anniek

    I don't know how I could ever do this book justice in a review. But I can urge you to read it. It's a beautifully written verse novel, and such a hard hitting story that needs to be told and needs to ...

  • Elizabeth?

    Young Betita is happy with her home life. She creates beautiful poetry with images to depict what she loves in life. Her father encourages her to always find the dulzura in life. But things change dra...

  • Cody Roecker

    This book is essential reading for every single human. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming, a hug to every immigrant, a love letter to family. I utterly adored reading Betita's story and I'm so excite...

  • Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

    *I received an e-arc from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*I had a lump in my throat the entire time I was reading this. This book is brutal and the fact that it's told from the pov of a ...

  • Susan

    WOW.....5+++ Stars...

  • Angelina

    A beautiful, heart-wrenching tween novel in verse that highlights the problem of undocumented immigrants in the US. Told from the point of view of 9-year-old Betita, it follows the painful story of he...