Can’t Wait Wednesday – SANCTUARY by Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.


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My selection for this week is SANCTUARY by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher.  This book is categorized on Goodreads as Science Fiction/Dystopian fiction, but wow, when I started reading the synopsis, it was terrifying to think about how plausible the story actually sounds.  I think this is a book that’s going to keep me on the edge of my seat rooting for Vali and her family, and I was also glad to get to the last line in the synopsis and see that as frightening as the story sounds, there is also hope.


SANCTUARY by Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher

Publication Date:  September 1, 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers


From Goodreads:

Co-founder of the Women’s March makes her YA debut in a near future dystopian where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary.

It’s 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked–from buses to grocery stores. It’s almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that’s exactly what sixteen-year-old Vali is doing. She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont, but when Vali’s mother’s counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee.

Now on the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her tía Luna’s in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country. But when Vali’s mother is detained before their journey even really begins, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across the country to make it to safety before it’s too late.

Gripping and urgent, co-authors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher have crafted a narrative that is as haunting as it is hopeful in envisioning a future where everyone can find sanctuary.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

20 replies
  1. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    Given the growing extent of people around the world who are now displaced, the plight of this young girl seems especially poignant… I hope you enjoy this one, Suzanne:)).

  2. verushka
    verushka says:

    Oh my goodness, Suzanne, this book! And the author is the co-founder of the Women’s March too — great pick! I think it sounds like a powerful story.

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