Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Gaby is living with her estranged father while waiting for her mother to return home.  Her mother was deported back to Mexico when it was discovered she was living in the United States illegally.  Gaby and her mother talk on the phone regularly and Gaby is sure they will be reunited soon.  In the meantime, she is helping at the local animal shelter with the rest of her class.  Gaby has a way with the animals, especially the cats, and there is one in particular she wants to adopt when her mother returns.  Gaby is also a talented writer so her job at the shelter is to write ads highlighting each animal that will make someone want to adopt that cat or dog.  Gaby's ads are starting to get some attention, but things with her mother are not going as well.  This book tackles illegal immigration in a quiet way that is very realistic for people living it.  Gaby's mother's issues are not the focal point of the book but the effect of her deportation on her family is easy to see.  And, of course, I loved all the animals involved in the book as well.