We Were Here

By Peña, Matt de la

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ISBN
978-0-38573-667-1 978-0-38590-622-7
Publisher
Delacorte


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2009

Gr 9-Up Miguel struggles to forgive himself for a tragic event that changed his life and his family forever. He willingly accepts his one-year sentence to a juvenile detention center and the requirement that he keep a journal. De La Peña uses the conceit of the journal to tell the story in Miguel's words. At the center, Miguel befriends Rondell, a mentally challenged teen prone to violent outbursts, and Mong, a troubled boy with myriad physical and emo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

A judge has sentenced Miguel to a group home for his crime, and he is also required to keep a journal—this novel—to chronicle his thoughts and feelings. It doesn't take long for Miguel to weary of the group home in San Jose, and so he and two other housemates, Rondell and Mong, break out with plans to flee to Mexico and live on the beach. Rondell is physically imposin...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Miguel is sentenced to a group home for his crime (under wraps until story's end). Weary of the setting, he and two housemates bre...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Strong, authentic, consistent voice that reveals Miguel’s character right away. Genui...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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