Tell Us We're Home is an insightful and age-appropriate glimpse into the immigrant experience in the suburbs. Each of the three girls comes from a different background -- one is a daughter of an engineer from Slovakia, one is the daughter of a widow of Indian descent from Trinidad, and the other is part of a large family from Mexico. In spite of the very different circumstances that brought them to the U.S., the girls have found strong common bonds. This book is a lovely and heartbreaking illustration of the idealism of young people, both American and immigrant, but also the reality that believing in those ideals is quite different than actually living them. One girl is attracted to an American boy who is the president of the school chapter of the ACLU, whose motto is, "There is room for everyone," but who also can't quite bring himself to stand up for what he says he believes in when push comes to shove. There is some violence, in the form of a large fight that erupts between Mexican soccer players and the high school lacrosse team, and one girl is slapped by her angry and frustrated older cousin.