A Librarian Reads…

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Coming to American from Haiti was supposed to be a start to a new life for Fabiola and her mother. But her mother is detained and Fabiola is sent on to her aunt and cousins in Detroit without her. All she wants is to be reunited with her mother, even if it means going back to Haiti. But as she settles into a routine with her family, Fabiola comes to find that she has not left her old life behind at all. Everywhere she looks are signs that the lwas, the Vodou spirit guides, are all around her. And Fabiola must make a choice, whether to accept the life she has been left with or create the one she always dream of.

This is a powerful novel that looks at many important issues: immigration, drug abuse, violence, spirituality, and family. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy a blend of urban realism and mysticism.


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