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To the Other Side (Hardcover)

To the Other Side By Erika Meza, Erika Meza (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Erika Meza, Erika Meza (Illustrator)
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Author-illustrator Erika Meza delivers a stunning and emotionally rich book from the viewpoint of those most impacted by border walls: young refugee children. This powerfully told tale highlights the spirit and strength of those embarking on a dangerous trek, and what awaits them on the other side.

Yoto Carnegie Medal Shortlist * New York Public Library Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year *

My sister tells me the rules of the game are simple.

Avoid the monsters. Don’t get caught. And keep moving.

If the monsters catch you, you’re out.

A young boy and his older sister have left home to play a game. To win, they must travel across endless lands together and make it to the finish line. Each child imagines what might be waiting for them across the border: A spotted dog? Ice cream! Or maybe a new school.

But the journey is difficult, and the monsters are realer than they imagined. And when it no longer feels like a game, the two children must still find a way to forge ahead.


★ "The story is ultimately hopeful, gently providing probing insight into the lives of the youngest migrants." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ "Beautiful, timely, and poignant. Recommended for all collections." —School Library Journal Online (starred review)

★ "Powerful. It’s a realistic but hopeful look at two children’s emigration."— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author


Erika Meza migrated from Mexico in 2013, leaving behind her family, friends and her favorite food. She lived in a dungeon with a ghosts-and-ghouls-painting princess, learned how to tell stories, then found and lost a spotted dog in Paris, where she attended school. She finally crossed the France-UK border and settled down in London, where she lives in a small flat and works as an author and illustrator, aided by her cat who tries to leave inky paw prints on her work. She tries to go back home often, at the border of Tijuana and San Diego, where her book was born.



Erika Meza migrated from Mexico in 2013, leaving behind her family, friends and her favorite food. She lived in a dungeon with a ghosts-and-ghouls-painting princess, learned how to tell stories, then found and lost a spotted dog in Paris, where she attended school. She finally crossed the France-UK border and settled down in London, where she lives in a small flat and works as an author and illustrator, aided by her cat who tries to leave inky paw prints on her work. She tries to go back home often, at the border of Tijuana and San Diego, where her book was born.

Praise For…


"The story is ultimately hopeful, gently providing probing insight into the lives of the youngest migrants. A gorgeously rendered, heartbreaking look at one family’s immigration experience." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Experiencing the migrant’s journey through the eyes of the very young lends emotional resonance and a satisfying balance between fear, bravery, and most of all, hope. Beautiful, timely, and poignant. Recommended for all collections." — School Library Journal Online (starred review)

"This powerful solo work by Meza follows two unaccompanied, Latinx-cued children heading for the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a realistic but hopeful look at two children’s emigration." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"More relevant than ever, this perceptive and exquisitely illustrated picture book will leave its readers questioning the complex reality of child migration." — Flavia Z. Drago, author-illustrator

"With moving text and vibrant, kinetic images, Erika Meza celebrates in To the Other Side the tenacity, imagination, and resilience of children traveling northward in search of freedom and safety. Scenes of ludic solidarity with other kids and adults are balanced by darker, solitary hints of the dangers these young refugees face. Erika lovingly crafts colorful masks for everyone, reflections of the asylum-seekers’ Indigenous heritage, a rooted identity that gives them strength even in the most difficult moments. A stunning, important book that will move hearts and minds."   — David Bowles, author of My Two Border Towns and Ancient Night

There are many books about identity and belonging, but none have impacted me as much as To The Other Side. This is a powerful and moving story about a brother and sister, the love that binds them and protects them, and the power of children to see light and magic even in the most harrowing circumstances. The lyrical text and beautiful illustrations transported me. But even when the journey is over, their story continues. I’m honored that To The Other Side is now a part of me, too.    — Yamile Saied Méndez, award winning author of Where Are You From?

"With care and invention, [Meza has] managed to tell a migrant story that is both literal and figurative, realistic and metaphorical, and does so with honesty and more than a bit of cleverness." — School Library Journal

"Meza’s ­memorable mixed-media illustrations include warm, vivid hues; menacing grays; and lots of white space, which can leave the ­eye-catchingly drawn children vulnerable in otherwise spare scenes." — Horn Book Magazine



Product Details
ISBN: 9780063073166
ISBN-10: 0063073161
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 14th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English