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by Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher


It’s 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked–from buses to grocery stores. It’s almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that’s exactly what sixteen-year-old Vali is doing. She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont, but when Vali’s mother’s counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee.

Now on the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her tía Luna’s in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country. But when Vali’s mother is detained before their journey even really begins, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across the country to make it to safety before it’s too late.

Gripping and urgent, co-authors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher have crafted a narrative that is as haunting as it is hopeful in envisioning a future where everyone can find sanctuary.


Co-founder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut in a near future dystopian where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary.


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  • Paola Mendoza was born in Bogotá, Colombia and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner and her son. She graduated from UCLA and earned an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work as a filmmaker and writer includes her films Entre Nos, Half of Her, Autumn’s Eyes, and On the Outs (En Las Afueras). Los Que No Se Quedan is his first novel.

  • ISBN: 9781984815712
    Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers  
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pub Date: September 01, 2020

    Target Age Group: 12 and UP

    Pages: 320


    -Brothers and sisters    -Science fiction
    -Voyages and travels    -Hispanic Americans

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