DIVerse Families
 
We Were Here

Title

We Were Here

Authors

Matt de la Pena

Publisher

New York: Delacorte Press

Pages

357 pages

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780385736671

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Incarceration; child in a group home

Annotation

Haunted by the event that sentences him to time in a group home, Miguel breaks out with two unlikely companions and together they begin their journey down the California coast hoping to get to Mexico and a new life.

Grade Level

6-8

Family Formation

single mother

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

Asian / Black / Mexican

Awards

Best Books for Young Adults, 2010 Stuff for the Teen Age, 2010 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2010 Arkansas Teen Book Award, 2011; Nominee Evergreen Teen Book Award, 2012; Nominee Gateway Readers Award, 2011-2012; Nominee Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2013; Nominee Tayshas High School Reading List, 2011; None Volunteer State Book Award, 2012-2013; Nominee

Keywords

brothers; conflict; friendship; group homes; juvenile delinquents; runaways; crime

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

We Were Here

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