"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