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Summer Reading 2021

Information about Summer Reading at Central Catholic High School

Why Choose This Book?

Sanctuary by Mendoza and Sher

by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher

"In 2032, when sixteen-year-old Vali's mother is detained by the Deportation Forces, Vali must flee Vermont with her little brother, Ernie, hoping to reach their Tia Luna in the sanctuary state of California.." -- NoveList

"though the novel’s unflinching honesty and real-world parallels deliver uncomfortable truths, its propulsive narrative and its message of hope and resilience will carry readers through"

- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Awards, Honors, Lists

School Library Journal, Best Books 2020.

Young Adult Library Services Association, Best Fiction for Young Adults 2021.

Read this book if...

  • You are okay with a less uplifting, darker, story or you like near-future dystopian books
  • Justice for immigrants is an issue that you are concerned about
  • You like compelling characters

NOTE: While most of the books on the 2021 Summer Reading List have hopeful, uplifting, or triumphant themes, Sanctuary is a darker, heavier, story with ties to difficult issues in current events. Keep this in mind when making your book choice.


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