My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

July 17, 2018

Today, Diane Guerrero is a successful television actress, most recently on Orange is the New Black.  But once upon a time, she was a young girl living in Boston, the daughter of immigrants who had come to the country before Diane was born, determined to provide a better life for their children. While money was tight, and Diane struggled a bit in school, she had a loving home, good friends, and ultimately found her place in a performing arts school that would start her on her path towards acting. Then came the day, when Diane was 14, that her undocumented parents were arrested while she was in school, detained, and deported. As her family is torn apart, their worst fears realized, Diane is taken in by friends, left to deal with a trauma that would shape her life both personally and professionally.

Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wow-ing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerrero’s life, which had been full of the support of a loving family, was turned upside down.

Reflective of the experiences of millions of undocumented immigrant families in the United States, Guerrero’s story in My Family Divided, written with Erica Moroz, is at once heartbreaking and hopeful.

Product details

  • Age Range: 10 – 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 – 9
  • Lexile Measure: 730 (What’s this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (July 17, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250134862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250134868
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces

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