When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his family is left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness are now the day-to-day norm. Mango Moon shows what life is like from a child’s perspective when a parent is deported, and the heartbreaking realities they have to face, but Maricela learns that her love for her father is sustained even though he is no longer part of her daily life.
Sue Cornelison is the author and illustrator of many children’s books. During the summer, she spends time at her little cabin in the woods in northern Minnesota. She relishes her time with family, coaching her tumbling and trampoline team, and playing wildlife photographer when she isn’t illustrating.