"Debut author Cisneros paints a vivid and palpable #ownvoices picture of the lost childhoods as children and parents are separated due to immigration issues. But even as Efrén's world seems to be crashing around him, Cisneros celebrates the kindness of the Mexican American community and its richness of food, culture, and resilient spirit.Honest and tender: a must-read."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"As affecting as it is timely, Cisneros’s debut depicts how draconian U.S. immigration policies rip through one Southern California family... Cisneros tells this urgent story with focus and heart-wrenching realism, especially concerning the ripple effects of family separation, not just at the border but also among those in the U.S."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This timely middle-grade novel will not only open dialogue with children on the issue of immigration but also encourage conversations on the subjects of kindness, empathy, and activism. A moving novel perfectly pitched to its audience."
— Booklist (starred review)
"In the last few years, the news has become saturated with headlines about deportations and separated families. Cisneros provides a heart-wrenching and evocative glimpse of what one family’s life might look like on both sides of the border. Using down-to-earth characters and authentic scenarios, he tells a story of resilience, strength, and love. In a time full of divisiveness and unknowns, this resonant title will inspire young readers to make a difference, no matter the hardships they face."
— School Library Journal (starred review)
“Authentically told, and interwoven with hope, strength, and beauty, Efrén Divided
is true to life and all too timely. A must-read for anyone with a heart. This book is a gift to the world.”
— Sarah Scheerger, author of Operation Frog Effect
“This book broke my heart as much as it lifted it!”
— Aida Salazar, critically acclaimed author of The Moon Within
& Land of the Cranes
“A beautifully told and important book that offers readers a heart-wrenching and authentic glimpse into today’s immigration policies. Cisneros handles the timely subject matter with heart, depth and authenticity, leaving readers like me hopeful and determined to make this world a better place for all children.”
— Angela Cervantes, award-winning author of Gaby, Lost and Found
and Lety Out Loud
“In Efrén Divided, Cisneros tells the story of children grown up too quickly and families unfairly separated. Efrén’s heartbreaking situation fills the reader with justified rage and empowering hope. This book is a call to not take the world as it is, but to fight for the world as it should be.”
— Adrianna Cuevas
“A moving portrayal of the shame, fear, and uncertainty of a family ripped apart by deportation. Efrén Divided eloquently defines how color doesn’t matter.”
— Aimée Medina Ca, author of River of Love“A golden door into crucial conversations we need to have in our classrooms about equity and human rights.”
— NoNieqa Ramos, Author of The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary
and The Truth Is