Return to Sender - Julia Alvarez This novel adds a human face to the immigration debate here in the United States. Told through the eyes of ll-year olds Tyler and Mari, the story will cause readers to empathize with the plight of Mari's family while grappling with the difficult solutions needed to reform current immigration policies. Though Alvarez draws attention to an important and timely subject, I found the pace of the book too slow to engage the average middle grade reader. This is not a book that I would recommend to reluctant readers.