Sanctuary

Written by Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher

In 2032, everyone is chipped and tracked. Without a chip, you can’t even go grocery shopping. 16-year-old Colombian immigrant Vali, her little brother, and her mother’s future depends on a black-market chip. Living as unchipped in small-town Vermont, things go awry when Vali’s mother’s chip malfunctions. Running from the Deportation Force, their only hope is to make it to Vali’s aunt’s house in California. Can they succeed?

The plot is well-written and engaging. The characters are well-developed and are easy to connect with. With unflinching honesty and real-world parallels, this political adventure will appeal to many middle school and high school readers.

Reviewed by Jessica Moody, Library Technology Coach, Olympus Jr. High
Review shared in July 2022
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Sanctuary
Written by Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher
G. P. Putnam’s Sons
304 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 9781984815712 (hardcover) / 9781984815736 (paperback)
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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