Thorndike Press

We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults

  • Susan Kuklin
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432877429
  • ISBN-13: 9781432877422
  • DDC: 305.9
  • Shipping Weight: .95 lbs ( .43 kgs)
  • 330 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2020



A Stonewall Honor–Winning Author

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin’s gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it’s no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these enlightening, honest, and brave accounts that encourage open, thoughtful conversation about the complexities of immigration — and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

Age Range: 14-17 | Grade Level: 9-12 | Lexile Measure: HL630L


Customer Reviews

“A thought-provoking read on immigration in America.”

— Booklist

“. . . the painful experiences, often narrated in a raw and unembellished manner, while inspiring, are more conducive to a productive conversation on the complicated issues of immigration. A must-read.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“A timely account that most libraries will want to consider.”

— School Library Journal