Title Profile & Character Information

Return to Sender

Annotation
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.

Awards
2010  Pura Belpre Award
2010  Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature

Characters
NameTyler
GenderBoy

GenreFiction
Juvenile
Multicultural
TopicsFarm life
Friendship
Mexican Americans
Hispanics
Illegal aliens
SettingVermont