Journey of the Sparrows

Journey of the Sparrows


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Nailed into a crate in the back of a truck, fifteen-year-old Maria, her older sister Julia, their little brother Oscar, and a boy named Tomas endure a cruel journey across the U.S. border and then north to Chicago. There they struggle to find work—cleaning, sewing, washing dishes—always careful to remain "invisible" so the authorities won't arrest and deport them.

Despite the family's ordeals, hope and love can be found—in Maria's budding romance with Tomas, in the help given by a kindly midwife and priest, and most of all, in the stories Maria tells to lift the family's spirits, of a little sparrow who brings a rainbow.

Starkly realistic and tenderly poetic, this powerfully moving story of the secret lives of immigrants who courageously triumph over incredible obstacles is not to be missed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440407850
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/01/1993
Pages: 155
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.67(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Fran Leeper Buss, MDiv, PhD, is an award-winning oral historian and writer. Some of her works include Journey of the Sparrows, La Partera: Story of a Midwife, and Dignity: Lower Income Women Tell of Their Lives and Struggles. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her UCC minister husband, David Buss.

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Journey of the Sparrows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Journey of the Sparrows is a great book. Julia, Oscar and Maria really go through a lot in this book. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. It shows the fears immigrants had to face when they came illegall. Maria and her sister Julia and her brother Oscar show great faith and courage in this good book.