Mateo Garcia and his younger sister, Sophie, have been taught to fear one word for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico has started to fade. Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they're hard workers and good neighbors. When Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken by ICE, he realizes that his family's worst nightmare has become a reality. With his parents' fate and his own future hanging in the balance, Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he's forced to question what it means to be an American.
Daniel Aleman's Indivisible is a remarkable story—both powerful in its explorations of immigration in America and deeply intimate in its portrait of a teen boy driven by his fierce, protective love for his parents and his sister.
Praise For Indivisible…
“As heart-wrenching a tale as it is, Indivisible is also a heartening tribute to the power and endurance of familial love."—Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and North of Happy
"Indivisible is a deeply moving tribute to those caught between two worlds in the immigration crisis in America - a potent reminder that no human being is illegal, and that hundreds of thousands of children in this situation are forced to grow up too quickly. Although this is fiction, it’s far too real." —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways
"Indivisible is a heartbreakingly poignant and timely coming-of-age story of the human cost of a morally bankrupt immigration policy. This book is an unforgettable chronicle of the fiercest, indomitable love and devotion."—Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King
“In his moving debut novel, Daniel Aleman skillfully paints a story of how injustice rips us apart, friendships and family gathers our broken pieces, and hope slowly stitches us back together. Indivisible belongs on every shelf.”—Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running With Lions
"Both a gripping, harrowing story about an American tragedy and a moving portrait of the bonds of family and unexpected community, Indivisible somehow never loses its humor, its humanity or its hope."—Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Stonewall Honor Book Picture Us In the Light
"Daniel Aleman is a fearless writer who never shies away from the complexity of his premise, yet gives Mateo such agency and drive, you never lose hope as a reader. A total miracle of a book."—Adam Sass, author of Surrender Your Sons
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780759556058, 400pp.
Publication Date: May 4, 2021