DIVerse Families
 
We Were Here

Title

We Were Here

Authors

Matt de la Pena

Publisher

New York: Delacorte Press

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780385736671

Pages

357 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

Family Relationships; Incarceration; child in a group home

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

Asian / Black / Mexican

Family Formation

single mother

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

Diversity Impact

direct

We Were Here

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