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Leaving El Salvador Forever
Crossing borders, deserts, and rivers to reunite with my parents
author image The writer makes wise decisions on his perilous journey crossing borders, deserts, and rivers to reunite with his parents in New York City.

When I saw my grandma answer the phone, I knew it was the smugglers calling. My family had paid some smugglers—which everyone calls coyotes—to take me from El Salvador through Guatemala and Mexico and across the border to Texas... [more]

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When I Told My Parents I Was Bisexual When Angie tells both parents separately that she is gay, they have two different reactions. [more]
Remembering the Terrorist Attack Near Stuyvesant High School After Ruby lives through the terror attack near her high school, she is motivated to play a more active role in the fight to end gun violence. [more]
Saying 'I Love You' in Spanglish As Natalie learns more English, the gap between her and her Spanish-speaking parents widens. She finds ways to both honor them and stay connected to them. [more]
Growing Up Without My Father Natalie struggles with the death of her father. In exploring her grief, she finds that her father lives on in her memory. [more]
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How I Learned to Understand My Mom Jessica’s mom is strict and she resents it. But when her mother tells Jessica about her life in the poor countryside of China, she sees her, “for the first time as a human being, daughter, sister, and wife.”
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