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Congrats to LovealwaysLiana for winning a signed copy of Illegal!
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Illegal - an 11z debut!

I’ve whipped up some Migas… and maybe a few margaritas to celebrate the release of Illegal (Harper Collins, A Katherine Tegen Book). I am deeply grateful to the writer and reader community for their continued and generous support. Thank you for sharing this day with me.


A promise.
A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . .

Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waiting for her father's return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceañera.

Bettina Restrepo's gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl's unique yet universal immigrant experience.

Read the first fifty pages of Illegal!


Booklist (Starred review) - The teen’s immediate first-person narrative will grab readers with its gritty specifics, honest anger and sorrow, and the small acts of kindness that occur throughout the harrowing journey.


Kirkus – “With searing realism … This memorable coming-of-age story will awaken readers to the overlooked struggles of immigrants.”


VOYA (4 for quality and Popularity) – “Thoroughly engaging and thought provoking”


Michael Cart—Author of Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism and editor of the Rush Hour series. “An important novel that deserves wide readership.



To win: Comment! Open to commenters in the US and Canada thru midnight 3-13. Winners announced on 3-14-2011 on my FB and Twitter page.



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Prizes: A signed copy of Illegal and Starbuck's bag of coffee!  I would send over some Migas and pan de dulce – but let’s face it, eggs and the post office just aren’t a good mix.


The Illegal Blogger Tour

Welcome to 30 days of Illegal! 
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I've worked hard to get 30 different bloggers with fresh and innovative content.  Come play along (you've got 2 minutes, right?) and follow the conversation.

Commenters get entered into a drawing for (drum roll please.... now doing the Vanna White hand extend toward wonder prize)

A real, signed by the author (not my dog) copy fresh from the presses, 1st edition copy of ILLEGAL!  (could be worth a bazillion dollars)

Don't you want to do something Illegal today?

The host blogs on week #1 are:
2/17/201Angie SmibertAngieThe Tale of Two Nora's... and a cell phone 
2/18/2011Reading In ColorAri From the multicultural perspective - Interview 
2/22/2011I am a reader, not a writerKathy Silliness abounds 
2/23/2011Chick Loves LitShanynOkay, now we get semi-serious about Illegal 
2/24/2011Amaterasu ReadsKaiBettina interviews an International blogger about her immigration views!