In Gaby, Lost and Found, author Angela Cervantes takes a creative look at the topic of illegal immigration and the ramifications that surround it by tying the main story of Gaby with that of animals at an animal shelter where she volunteers. Just like many problems in the world, the one of illegal immigration is not a simple one and has far-reaching, personal consequences; this novel approaches some of those complex issues through the eyes of Gaby, a sixth grader. While she deals with the deportation of her mom and the neglect of her dad, she finds some perspective while volunteering at a local animal shelter. She also has love and support that she learns not to take for granted from her best friend’s family. With this love, Gaby learns that all not is as bad as it seems, even when things don’t work out as desired.
While the novel Gaby, Lost and Found is a well-written book, with well-developed characters, the novel seems to be the kind of book one would read to start a discussion, but not for a fun read. It deals with several heavy subjects that are worthwhile to discuss, but make for a not so light-hearted read. This would be a good way to approach a discussion for children that might have questions about the issue of illegal immigration or might know someone that is affected by it.
Mature Subject Matter:
Illegal immigration/deportation, unmarried parents, euthanasia of animals discussed, verbal bullying, neglectful parenting (parent noticeably not providing the basic necessities).
Alcohol / Drug Use: