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Land of the Cranes (Unabridged edition) (Digital Audiobook)

By Aida Salazar

Publication Date: September 14, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/15/2020)

Description

From the prolific author of The Moon Within comes the heart-wrenchingly beautiful story in verse of a young Latinx girl who learns to hold on to hope and love even in the darkest of places: a family detention center for migrants and refugees.

Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel wars in Mexico. The Aztecs came from a place called Aztlan, what is now the Southwest US, called the land of the cranes. They left Aztlan to establish their great city in the center of the universe-Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City. It was prophesized that their people would one day return to live among the cranes in their promised land. Papi tells Betita that they are cranes that have come home. Then one day, Betita's beloved father is arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Mexico. Betita and her pregnant mother are left behind on their own, but soon they too are detained and must learn to survive in a family detention camp outside of Los Angeles. Even in cruel and inhumane conditions, Betita finds heart in her own poetry and in the community she and her mother find in the camp. The voices of her fellow asylum seekers fly above the hatred keeping them caged, but each day threatens to tear them down lower than they ever thought they could be. Will Betita and her family ever be whole again?


About the Author

Aida Salazar is a writer, arts advocate, and homeschooling mother who grew up in South East LA. She received an MFA in
Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, and her writings have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post,
Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory, and Huizache Magazine. Her short story "By the Light of the Moon" was
adapted into a ballet by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. Aida lives with her
family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, California.