Tell Us We're Home

By Marina Budhos
(Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416903529, 297pp.)

Publication Date: May 4, 2010

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Description
Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They want to go to the spring dance, they love spending time with their best friends after school, sharing frappes and complaining about the other kids. But there's one big difference: all three are daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the very same kids whose families their mothers work for.
That difference grows even bigger--and more painful--when Jaya's mother is accused of theft and Jaya's small, fragile world collapses.
When tensions about immigrants start to erupt, fracturing this perfect, serene suburb, all three girls are tested, as outsiders--and as friends. Each of them must learn to find a place for themselves in a town that barely notices they exist.
Marina Budhos gives us a heartbreaking and eye-opening story of friendship, belonging, and finding the way home.



About the Author
Marina Budhos is an assistant professor of English""at William Paterson University. She is the author of "Ask Me No Questions", ""winner of the inaugural James Cook Teen Book Award. She and her husband live with their two sons in Maplewood, New Jersey.
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