Star in the Forest
by Laura Resau
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Synopsis: Zitlally feels so along. Papa isn't here anymore to whisper to her in star language. Mama is always on the phone, worried. And Zitlally's sisters are just as scared as she is. Everyone is thinking about that day.
The day that Papa was pulled over for speeding.
The day the police found out that Papa was an immigrant without papers.
The day her family discovered that Papa would be deported.
Zitlally seeks comfort in the forest of rusty car parts behind her family's trailer. There she finds a dirty, skinny dog with a star-shaped mark on his neck. Soon she realizes that Star is no ordinary dog. He's like the magical animals in the stories Papa has told her. His fate is connected to a human's fate.
To Papa's fate.
If Zitlally can keep Star safe, Papa will stay safe, too.
When Star disappears, it's up to Zitlally and her new friend, Crystal, to find him...and save him. Only then can Zitlally be sure that Papa, too, and make his way back home-and her family will be whole once again.
from the book jacket
Review: Zitlally's father was just deported back to Mexico and Zitlally struggles with missing her father. We feel her emotions as she tries to deal with not having her father around, the dynamic of the rest of her family, and the worry about how or when he is going to come back. Zitlally finds an abandoned dog and takes care of it. She believes that the dog is her father's spirit animal. This book has a magical realism feel to it when the dog comes into play. This book deals with hard issues such as deportation, abuse, neglect and more but in an accessible way and one that is realistic to how some people live in our country.
Rating: 3.5 stars