"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.
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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.