STAR IN THE FOREST By Laura Resau

Zitlally feels so alone.  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 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 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, will make his way back home—-and her family will be whole once again.

Join us on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 when we will discuss this magical story.  Refreshments will be served.