For 2016-2017, Community Read Rock County will be reading Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea along with Beloit Public Library and the NEA Big Read Stateline. This year’s book focuses on a young woman’s quest to journey north from Mexico to bring back her father and other men to defend their home village from the advances of a drug cartel. Much of the journey is set in the space near and around the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The characters experience obstacles in their path, but with youthful energy, hope, and perseverance they are able to overcome many of the difficulties they face.
This book is available at the Beloit Public Library for checkout and is also available as a Book Talk Tote novel. It is also available through Overdrive in the area school districts.