THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, a young adult novel about an undocumented teenager, has been called “Must-read YA” (Bookish), “What’s hot in YA,” (School Library Journal), and “timely and important” (The Bulletin for Children’s Books). Click here to read more praise or click on one of the links below to buy your copy today.
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THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY
Publisher: Running Press Kids (March 11, 2014)
THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a young adult novel about M.T., a high school senior who is is undocumented. As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But she hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.
It’s getting harder to hide now that M.T.’s a senior. Her school’s National Honor Society wants her to plan their trip abroad, her best friend won’t stop bugging her to get her driver’s license, and all everyone talks about is where they want to go to college. M.T. is pretty sure she can’t go to college, and with high school ending and her family life unraveling, she’s staring down a future that just seems empty.
Told in M.T.’s darkly funny voice and full of nuanced characters, The Secret Side of Empty is a poignant but unsentimental look at what it’s like to live as an “illegal” immigrant, how we’re shaped by the secrets we keep, and the unexpected paths to the triumph of the human spirit.