From Panamá to New York

Jacquelina's Story

Children - Coming of Age
54 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2022
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Author Biography

Jacqueline Atkins is an educator and debut children's novelist of From Panama´ to New York: Jacquelina's Story. From Panama´ to New York: Jacquelina's Story received a Mom's Choice Award, an honorable mention from the 2022 Purple Dragonfly Book Award and a Five Star Book Review from the Readers' Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest. As a Spanish-speaking immigrant who moved from the Republic of Panama´ to the United States, Jacqueline shares her story through a realistic fiction novel to show diverse readers that it is possible to navigate their way through language barriers and cultural differences. She began her teaching career as a New York City Teaching Fellow, working as a classroom teacher for several years. She has a Master of Science in Education from Queens College, a Bachelor of Science from Marymount Manhattan College and serves as an education administrator. Jacqueline volunteers for the data entry ministry at her Church, she lives and works in New York City.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Jacquelina could never have imagined herself living anywhere else or far from her father, let alone outside Panamá. Living with her sister Nana and their grandmother in the village, Jacquelina hardly saw her father who worked in the city of Colon. Their mother had left them with their father and had moved to the US while they were still young. Following the demise of Jacquelina’s grandmother, Jacquelina’s mother showed up. Since their father barely had time to look after them, her parents agreed that their mother would take them to live with her in the United States. What would their new life in the USA be like? Find out in Jacqueline Atkins's book From Panamá to New York: Jacquelina's Story.

In From Panamá to New York: Jacquelina's Story, Jacqueline Atkins tells an engrossing story based on her real-life experience moving to the United States. Her short and simple sentences are richly loaded with Spanish and English. This vividly depicts the scenes and characters, making them impressively charming, adding color to my imagination, and adding to the reading experience. Atkins narrates her story by harnessing an edge of emotional depth, which made most of her scenes relatable. She uses introspection to develop her character’s personality traits. I also liked how she used this to exhibit a sense of humor. Atkins addresses themes such as divorce, family, friendship, grief, and many other topics. This book will be an enthralling read for enthusiasts of children's social issue debates.