My Brother Is Away

by Sara Greenwood (Author) Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
In this moving picture book, a young girl reflects on the emotions and challenges of growing up with a brother who is incarcerated. This touching story is filled with vivid illustrations and is based on the author's childhood experiences. With her older brother in prison, a young girl copes with the confusing feelings his absence creates. At times she remembers the way her brother would carry her on his shoulders or how he would make up stories to tell her at bedtime. Other times she feels angry and wants to fly so far away that she can forget what happened. When her Mama and Daddy take her on the 500-mile journey to visit him, a trip she knows not all families are able to make, the girl is excited but also nervous. But the nerves turn to joy when she sees him--everything is different, but everything is the same too. Her brother is not home, but his love hasn't changed. With words that are spare, gentle, and reassuring, this picture book will help young readers with similar stories feel less alone and give other readers a window into the struggles some children face.
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An accessible, validating narrative about the impact of incarceration within families.

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An accessible, validating narrative about the impact of incarceration within families. —Kirkus Reviews
Sara Greenwood
Sara Greenwood espera que sus historias ayuden a los niños a sentirse vistos y escuchados. Quiere que sepan que sus emociones cuentan y sus experiencias son importantes. Sara es una ex maestra que vive con su familia en Nuevo México.

MARIA CAMILA CORREA es autora, editora y traductora de libros infantiles. Originaria de Medellín, Colombia, actualmente vive en la ciudad de Nueva York, donde explora la ciudad a través del lente de su cámara.

Luisa Uribe es la ilustradora de Areli is a Dreamer (Areli Es Una Dreamer), que ha recibido críticas con dos estrellas de Kirkus y Booklist. Fue galardonada con el Premio del Fundador de la Sociedad de Ilustradores Dilys Evans por The Vast Wonder of the World de Melina Mangal. También ilustró Your Name Is a Song de Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, que recibió una crítica destacada de Kirkus Reviews, describiendo su trabajo como dinámico. Vive en Bogotá, Colombia, con su pareja y dos gatos.
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Random House Studio
Publication date
October 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV021000 - Juvenile Fiction | Law & Crime
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Library of Congress categories
Brothers and sisters
Picture books

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