Stephen Briseño is a middle school English teacher in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up, his grandfather, a Mexican immigrant, wove stories of life in Mexico and Texas and talked about the challenges immigrants faced. Stephen lives with his wife, daughter, and dog, Charlie. He can often be found enjoying a good book with a cup of coffee. The Notebook Keeper is his debut children’s book.
Book by Stephen Briseño
In this moving and stunningly-illustrated picture book, Noemi and Mama flee their home in Mexico, and head for the US border. There, they look for "The Notebook Keeper"-- the person in charge of a ledger for those waiting to cross, and they add their names to the book. As the days turn into weeks, and hope dwindles, the little girl looks for kindness around her-- and inside herself. One day, when the Notebook Keeper's own name is called to cross, Noemi and her Mama are chosen--for the generosity in their hearts-- to take her place.
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