Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

In a novel full of hope, but no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Julia Alvarez

See more books from this Author
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. She is the author of six novels, two books of nonfiction, three collections of poetry, and eight books for children and young adults. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the2000 Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library's 1996 program "The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez." A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm-literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.
Published January 7, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 336 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference.

Unrated Critic Reviews for Return to Sender

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Tyler is the son of generations of Vermont dairy farmers.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Return to Sender

Common Sense Media

This way the reader can examine two points of view, thus giving both characters a strong sense of personality.Also, this gave her a “broad range of choices on what to show the reader” (Temple et al., 2011, p.46).

Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Return to Sender


The rising sense of advocacy for new legal strictures is a fascinating by-product of this story about how young people can reach hands across cultural differences and find a place in the middle that provides a safe harbor for friendship and understanding between others with so much to keep them a...

Sep 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Return to Sender

Reader Rating for Return to Sender

An aggregated and normalized score based on 109 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review