Proud that Evangelina Takes Flight made the Houston School District’s Name That Book List for 2018/19. See the full list HERE.
There could not be a better time for young adults to read Evangelina Takes Flight to understand the history of the immigrant experience during the Mexican Revolution and relate it to current day events.
I’d like to share a passage from the book, the Town Hall scene where the town’s doctor is pleading with community members who want to ban the foreign-born children from attending the only school in town.
“Evangelina came to Texas with her family to escape the revolution. If your own family was in danger of being murdered, would you stay and wait for it to happen? Would you knowingly leave your loved ones in harm’s way?
I know most of you are good people with big hearts! Do you think foreigners love their families any less than you do? Do you think it was easy to leave their homes and risk their lives for the privilege of living in this town?
Some of these people were highly respected and well-educated in their own language and country. Others were uneducated, simple, hard-working folks, anxious to start again without the fear of starving, being robbed, kidnapped or murdered. Just because you had the good fortune of being born in this country makes you no smarter, more deserving or more civilized than someone born elsewhere.”