Maria Andreu’s The Secret Side of Empty Named a “Top 10 Latino Book” for 2014

The School Library Journal publishes an annual list of the top books written for children and young adults about or by Latinos. This year, Maria Andreu’s novel The Secret Side of Empty, a powerful story based on Andreu’s own experiences as an Argentine teen growing up in New York without documentation, was among the books selected.

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria Andreu

The Secret Side of Empty by Maria Andreu

The Secret Side of Empty follows the story of M.T., a light-haired and fair-skinned girl who has lived in the United States for most of her life. By all outward appearances, M.T. is an average New York teenager. Beneath this veneer, however, M.T. holds a secret that separates her from her friends and peers, and paralyzes her with fear of being discovered: M.T. is undocumented, and the twin threats of discovery and deportation cast a dark cloud over her family.

Andreu’s book is a popular and successful common reading program selection for schools around the country. Its subject material resonates with teenagers and undocumented Americans of all ages. Andreu also regularly speaks at schools, libraries, and other literary events. For more information on her availability, contact Books In Common.

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