This Week’s Discovery: a young Mexican immigrant leaves her family behind in search of a better life

Cover for Torn Between Worlds: An illegal immigrant's journey to find herself by Nancy Blodgett KleinToday, I’m featuring one of our newest finds that got a rave review: Nancy Blodgett Klein‘s coming-of-age novel, Torn Between Worlds: An illegal immigrant’s journey to find herself.

It’s a recent addition to the Discovery List—a big ol’ spreadsheet of self-published books along with positive reviews—is growing quickly as new books are being added every day.

Some are added by their authors, some by reviewers, and still others by readers.

And every week, I feature one book from the List that stands out.

Reviewer Mico Leon at OnlineBookClub.org gives Torn Between Worlds a perfect score:

“… well written and edited …”

“… fully enjoyed the story …”

“… I struggled to find any negative aspects to this book …”

Learn more about TimI plan to release the spreadsheet soon—and once I do, you’ll find that it’s filled with excellent books for you & the rest of our nearly 5,000 blog followers to discover.

And since it’s a spreadsheet, you’ll be able to sort the list any way you like, to find books you’re sure to love. Stay tuned!


Have you self-published a book? Add it to the List as soon as possible, and you might just find it featured here.


Here’s what Torn Between Worlds is about:

This is the story of Isabel, a 12-year-old Mexican girl who comes to the United States illegally in search of a better life with her father. A story common to many Mexicans. She has to leave her mother behind and this makes her sad. People demand she speak English, a language she doesn’t know well. She doesn’t feel welcome living with her uncle and his family and is very lonely. How will she cope?

Her kind sixth-grade teacher suggests Isabel keep a journal, where she can pour out the feelings she used to share with her mother. She encourages her to take home the newspaper to read to improve her English and learn about world events and politics. Isabel is horrified by the events that take place on September 11, 2001 in the US, witnesses a political demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico where people are killed, and is forced to flee to Madrid, Spain to keep her and her mother safe from harm. Will all this chaos prevent Isabel from finding a way to feel connected to the world around her?

This coming-of-age story is written in journal format, spanning three years and three countries. Follow Isabel as she grows from innocent child into confident young woman through turbulent times.

For the reviewer, the story is personal, as we find out when we read the rest of the review:

As I live in Guatemala, this book really hit close to home with me as I know several teenagers who have made the long journey to the USA illegally and alone, leaving family behind with no knowledge of when or if they will see them again. I also liked the fact that Spanish words were frequently and naturally used in the text. Read the whole review!

Be sure to pick up a copy of Torn Between Worlds at Amazon, and connect with Nancy on her blog.

Have you self-published a book? Add it to the Discovery List today.

Together, we can bring the Discovery List closer to its ultimate goal: to find every self-published book worth reading!

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