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Facing Fear
An Immigration Story
Written by Karen Lynn Williams
Illustrated by Sara Palacios

Ages 5-9
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/2/2021
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5490-2
Price: $ 18.99
44 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 11 x 8.5
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Enrique can’t believe his father won’t let him travel to his team’s big soccer tournament. Papi says going across the checkpoint is too risky. Even though Enrique is a U.S. citizen, the rest of the family isn’t—and if the border police stop them, the family might be split up. The next morning Enrique decides he’s going to his big game, no matter what. But the day ahead will change how he sees his dad and how he defines courage… 

This book is a powerful depiction of the everyday struggles faced by undocumented immigrants and their families. Sensitively told with expressive illustrations, Facing Fear explores the meaning of bravery and the strength of a community.


Florida Literacy Association Children’s Book Award Grades 3-5 Finalist (2022-2023)

Bank Street College of Education The Best Children’s Books of the Year List (2022)

Kirkus Reviews
“Crucial in its timeliness.”
Publishers Weekly
“Heartfelt and sympathetic.”
“Williams and Palacios lay bare the internal and external conflicts faced by this immigrant family, prompting critical readers to ask questions about the system that puts people into circumstances like these.”