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Finding miracles
Julia Alvarez
Teen Fiction ALVAREZ

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Milly Milagros Kaufman has two names and two identities. She is "Milly," a fairly normal ninth grader, who has lived in Vermont for most of her life with her adoptive parents, sister and younger brother. She is also "Milagros," the abandoned orphan who was rescued from a troubled (unnamed) Latin American country by two Peace Corps volunteers when she was a baby. Self-conscious about being adopted, Milly avoids discussing or even thinking about her past, until she meets Pablo, a refugee who comes from the same politically unstable country where Milly was born. As Milly listens to Pablo's stories of home, her curiosity is piqued along with a long-repressed desire to connect with her birthplace, and when the opportunity comes for her to visit it (with Pablo and his family), Milly jumps at the chance. In this tender tale, Alvarez (Before We Were Free) traces Milly's discovery of herself and a country that is at once beautiful and terrible. Despite the fact that Milly does not find answers to all of her questions, she does find acceptance and new purpose during her journey. The circumstances of Milly's trip and her relationship with Pablo feel somewhat contrived, yet her internal growth and changing attitudes progress authentically. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Milly Kaufman
Female
Age: 15
Adopted
Doesn't want to remember her past; has trouble forgetting , when Pablo and his family arrive; everyone finds out that she is adopted; joins Pablo and his family to return to the island for a visit after they learn that the oppression has ended there; starts to fall in love with Pablo.
Student

Pablo Bolivar
Male
Arrives in the same town as Milly; born at the same island village as Milly; proud of who he is, unlike Milly; starts to fall in love with Milly.
Student



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