Until I Find Julian

Until I Find JulianWritten by Patricia Reilly Giff

Until I Find Julian had a great story to tell. Mateo is a boy living in Mexico with his mom, grandma, and little brother. He works to support his family. His older brother Julian has gone to America to find work and put money in the bank for Mateo, their mom, grandma, and little brother. However, Mateo’s friend comes to the door one day, saying that the police showed up at the building he was working at and he’s not sure what happened to Julian.

Mateo overhears what happened, and having just lost his job, knows what he has to do. He’s got to find Julian to make sure he’s okay and that there will be money coming again. Along the way, he meets a girl about his age named Angel. Angel has left home because she and her grandfather don’t get along. Angel helps Mateo cross the border and goes through the ups and downs of being an illegal immigrant.

Will Mateo be able to find Julian and take good news home, or will all the troubles of crossing the border not be worth it? You’ll have to read it to find out.

Review by Allyson Rolfe, Granger Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-6

Until I Find Julian
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Wendy Lamb Books
151 pages
Release Date: September 8, 2015

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12 thoughts on “Until I Find Julian”

  1. This sounds like a great book for our students! It’s great to find good fiction for grades 4-6 that is not so long also! Definitely fills a need we have!

  2. Give away alert! Leave a comment below to be entered into a drawing to win this book for your school or classroom library. (Only staff or students in Granite School District are elegible.) Drawing will be held in one week.

  3. Our library would love this book! We have a lot of Hispanic students and I think they would find this book very interesting.

    1. Jalene, we finally got around to doing the drawing for this title, and you are the winner! The book will be sent out to your school tomorrow. Thanks for looking and commenting.

  4. Sounds like a good book! I know many students who would enjoy reading this book at my school. And you can’t go wrong with Patricia Reilly Giff!

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