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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
For Antonio Amaya, his entire life was dedicated to his family's one goal: getting to the United States. Then the dream comes true, and his family is ecstatic! Yet for Antonio, the United States isn't the golden land of milk and honey that the rest of his family think it is. At school, Antonio is shut-out, ignored, and in some cases loathed for simply being a foreigner.
I think that My Two Flags is a really sad, yet true depiction of the situation befalling many people in the United States right now. There are all sorts of upheavals in the southern states about legalizing immigrants, deporting illegal ones, etc. This has created a lot of bad feeling between those in the country who view immigration as a problem, and the immigrants who just want a better life for their families. While this story is played out constantly in the media, we rarely see the discord and struggle that these issues cause in the youngest members of our country: in the school system.
My Two Flags, and Javier A. Robayo himself, really made me think about the effects of immigration politics on the people themselves. This isn't just a legal battle or an issue of politics. These are real, flesh and blood human beings, and this turmoil really can have detrimental effects. Robayo did a wonderful job painting the disillusionment and despair of a young teenager, struggling to battle against more than just the typical high school angst. He actually battles an internal struggle of cultural identity and self-esteem. A truly great book!