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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.