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Advanced Praise for The Border

  • This opening sequence-one among a handful of equally suspenseful scenes, including a car chase in the border town of Sonoyta -makes the quieter, bleaker moments that follow seem all the more intense, stressing the desperate troubles these teens endure... brilliant." Kirkus Reviews. For full review, click here. 

  • “Steve Schafer walks us through the ebbs and flows in the lives of ordinary immigrants, the dramatic moments at the border, the fear, the yearnings, and the hope for a better future. An engrossing narrative delivered in trepidant prose.” — Mauro Guillen, Director of the Lauder Institute at The University of Pennsylvania

  • “Teenagers facing one of the most arduous, life-threatening journeys any person can endure is elegantly presented in this important book.  Jolted from their home country by violence and thrown into an escape to save their lives, the four young people in this powerful story find hardship and humanity, ruthlessness and compassion without ever losing their own sense of optimism, hope, love, and goodness.  Like many other refugees and immigrants, these young people did not want to leave their homes and families, the place of belonging.  Rather, they were forced into seeking safety and security in el norte.  In this book, Schafer puts a face on immigrants, especially young ones, a face that is missing in the national debate about immigration reform.  This book can inspire our future voters to the empathy for those who come searching for safety.” — Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at The University of Texas

  • “In his book The Border, Steve Schafer deftly brings to life the drama of unauthorized border crossing and gives a human face to those often dismissed simply as “illegals.” The story of how four young people compelled by circumstances beyond their control struggled and survived a perilous crossing of the Sonoran desert into the United Sates restores humanity and dignity to the 11 million undocumented migrants who now live among us.” — Douglass Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University

  • "Steve Schafer has given voice to a tragically common, but far too-infrequently told narrative of reality in towns and villages in Mexico…Lest anyone think Steve Schafer’s account is exaggeration, I can attest to the realistic depiction he provides of innocent children, adults and families caught up in the dystopia of cartel-controlled areas in Mexico. I have provided legal representation to dozens of asylum seekers from Mexico who have the same horrific story to tell." Vanna Slaughter, Director of Catholic Charities of Dallas. 

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  • April 20th at 3:30pm -- ARC giveaway at the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio 
  • June 25th -- ARC giveaway at American Library Association conference in Chicago
  • September 4th -- Book giveaway and author interview with Adventures in YA Publishing 
  • September 4th -- Book giveaway and author interview with
  • September 9th, 2pm -- Book signing at Barnes and Noble, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • September 23rd -- Book signings at Bradley's Book Outlet in Dubois, PA and State College, PA 
  • September 28th from 5:30-8:00pm -- Book reading and panel discussion at The Whittliff Collections at Texas State University
  • Anderson's YA Literary Conference, November 4-5 (details TBD)