We Are Here to Stay by Susan Kuklin audiobook

We Are Here to Stay: Voice of Undocumented Young Adults

By Susan Kuklin
Read by Scott Merriman , Lauren Ezzo , JD Jackson , and others

4.21 Hours 01/08/2019 Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781721365692

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The Stonewall Honor–winning author of Beyond Magenta shares the intimate, eye-opening stories of nine undocumented young adults living in America. “Maybe next time they hear someone railing about how terrible immigrants are, they'll think about me. I’m a real person.” Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin’s gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these enlightening, honest, and brave accounts that encourage open, thoughtful conversation about the complexities of immigration — and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

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Summary

Summary

The Stonewall Honor–winning author of Beyond Magenta shares the intimate, eye-opening stories of nine undocumented young adults living in America.

“Maybe next time they hear someone railing about how terrible immigrants are, they'll think about me. I’m a real person.”

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. We Are Here to Stay is a very different book than it was intended to be when originally slated for a 2017 release, illustrated with Susan Kuklin’s gorgeous full-color portraits. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these enlightening, honest, and brave accounts that encourage open, thoughtful conversation about the complexities of immigration — and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Nine narrators lend their voices and talents to the intimate stories of undocumented immigrants…presented as interviews, and the first-person confessional style lends itself well to audio, creating powerful performance…In this flawless production, listeners are first introduced to three siblings who are escaping violence in Mexico. Each sibling speaks through a different narrator, and the performance has a familial back and forth. Lauren Ezzo give a stand-out solo performance as a young Samoan immigrant. Ezzo picks up a natural cadence and infuses the right amount of optimism and fear into the young person’s voice.” AudioFile
“Kuklin transcribes the stories as spoken by their owners, which serves to bolster their authenticity and the humanity…Chilling, inspiring, and hopeful, We Are Here to Stay transcends politics and finds the common bonds of mankind.” Shelf Awareness
“Kuklin…succeed(s) in writing about people, not politics…and in her ability to engender empathy and compassion without writing a tear-jerker…A must-read.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Susan Kuklin

Author Bio: Susan Kuklin

Susan Kuklin is the award-winning author and photographer of more than thirty books for children and young adults that span social issues and culture. Her photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 4.21
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English