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Migrant Farmworkers: Hoping for a Better Life

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Planting and harvesting crops is backbreaking labor that can take its toll on the strongest of workers. Migrant Farmworkers: Hoping for a Better Life introduces kids to the history and struggle of the many men, women, and children of Hispanic heritage who travel the United States in search of work and a better life for future generations.

Table of Contents

  • Rules of the Road
  • Helping Hands
  • "United We Stand"
  • Crossing to El Norte
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Further Information
  • Index




  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 5
  • Guided Reading Level: W
  • ATOS Reading Level: 6.1
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 85272
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

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Author: Deborah Kent

Deborah Kent was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby Little Falls. She graduated from Oberlin College and received a master's degree from Smith College School for Social Work. For four years, she was a social worker at University Settlement House on New York's Lower East Side. In 1975, Ms. Kent moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she wrote her first young-adult novel, Belonging. In San Miguel, Ms. Kent helped to found the Centro de Crecimiento, a school for children with disabilities. Ms. Kent is the author of numerous young-adult novels and nonfiction titles for children. She lives in Chicago with her husband, children's author R. Conrad Stein, and their daughter, Janna.


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