We Were Here by Matt de la Pena

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When it happened, Miguel was sent to Juvi. The judge gave him a year in a group home—said he had to write in a journal so some counselor could try to figure out how he thinks. The judge had no idea that he actually did Miguel a favor. Ever since it happened, his mom can’t even look at him in the face. Any home besides his would be a better place to live.
    But Miguel didn’t bet on meeting Rondell or Mong or on any of what happened after they broke out. He only thought about Mexico and getting to the border to where he could start over. Forget his mom. Forget his brother. Forget himself.
    Life usually doesn’ t work out how you think it will, though. And most of the time, running away is the quickest path right back to what you’re running from.
   From the streets of Stockton to the beaches of Venice, all the way to the Mexican border, We Were Here follows a journey of self-discovery by a boy who is trying to forgive himself in an unforgiving world.

An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Readers
An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Fast, funny, smart, and heartbreaking...The contemporary survival adventure will keep readers hooked."-Booklist

"A story of friendship that will appeal to teens and will engage the most reluctant readers."-Kirkus Reviews

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About Matt de la Pena

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Mexican WhiteBoy is Matt de la Pe?a's second novel for young readers. It was an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. His first novel, Ball Don't Lie, was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adults and was made into a major motion picture. He attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at San Diego State University. De la Pe?a lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. Look for Matt de la Pe?a's third novel, We Were Here, and fourth novel, I Will Save You, both available from Delacorte Press.
Published October 5, 2009 by Delacorte Press. 370 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Instead, he chooses to drift in the limbo of fictional characters' lives even if reading is “mad nerdy.” He doesn’t want to connect with anyone around him at the group home, especially the mysterious Mong, who has a reputation for extreme violence.

Jun 20 2011 | Read Full Review of We Were Here

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Sixteen-year-old Miguel Castanada begins his story in a group home, where he has been assigned by the court system after a tragic accident took the lives of his mother and his brother.

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Book Divas

We Were Here tells the story of Miguel, a boy living in a group home after being sent to Juvi (Juvenile Detention).

Oct 13 2009 | Read Full Review of We Were Here

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