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Aug 31, 2021 | ISBN 9781984815736

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Praise for Sanctuary:
A 2022 Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
A 2021-2022 Green Mountain Book Award Nominee (VT)
A 2021 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
A 2021 YALSA Best Fiction Book For Young Adults

A 2020 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A 2020 Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

A Teen Vogue Book Club Pick

“Mendoza and Sher’s descriptions of emotional trauma are heart-wrenchingly raw. (When she was 3, Mendoza herself emigrated from Colombia to America with her mother and younger brother.) A story of survival and hope, Sanctuary is a gripping work of fiction, with a message about xenophobia that’s rooted in a scarily real world.” —New York Times

“Like classic dystopian novels 1984 and Fahrenheit 451Sanctuary feels all too real in today’s oddly apocalyptic world.” —Teen Vogue

★ “This searing near-future dystopian novel . . . [uses] a speculative lens to lay bare the trauma and anguish that migrants to the U.S. can experience as well as the human capacity for survival. Though the novel’s unflinching honesty and real-world parallels deliver uncomfortable truths, its propulsive narrative and its message of hope and resilience will carry readers through.” —Publisher Weekly, starred review

★ “In their portrayal of Vali’s family’s quest for safety, the authors beautifully mirror the treacherous, painful, and terrifying treks involving natural and human threats that migrants to the U.S. undertake as they traverse continents and oceans…Wrenching and unmissable.” —Kirkus, starred review

★ “[This] stunning work of YA dystopian fiction . . . is a triumph in its genre and so politically astute that it sears.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This fast-paced drama depicts the trauma of Vali’s journey in an unflinching, heart-wrenching way that can feel all too real and timely.” —The Horn Book

“The all-too-possible future in this suspenseful dystopian novel amplifies the undocumented immigrant experience in the U.S.” —Booklist

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