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Dear America: Young Readers' Edition: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen

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In this young readers’ adaptation of his adult memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, in light of the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.

Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his
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Published March 5th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Christine Irvin
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The topic is on the news almost every day: illegal immigrants. Why are they here and what should we do about them? The current administration in DC makes it sound like these people are our enemies and we should do everything in our power to get them out of our country.

I just finished reading a very interesting book called DEAR AMERICA: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen BY Jose Antonio Vargas. Jose came to the United States, from Phillipino, when he was 12 years old so he could live with his
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Merrilyn Tucker
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Jose's mother put him on a plane with an "uncle" to America from the Philippines, Jose had no notion of the years of uncertainty ahead of him. As he grew up in Mountain View, California, with his grandparents, his knowledge of his undocumented citizenship status grew. For years, Jose lied about this status, but at last, the pretension had to stop. Jose had become a journalist who published an article in the New Yorker about being undocumented. He then waited to be arrested. When nothing ...more
Ellen
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book! Philippino immigrant, Jose Antonio Vargas, had no idea he was in America illegally until he was 16 years old. His moment of enlightenment came when he handed his green card to a lady at a desk at the DMV and she replied, “This is fake. Don’t come back here again.” Up until this moment his entire family had kept his illegal status a secret, even from him. I won’t tell you much more except to say that he went on to do some seriously amazing things, like having his stories published in ...more
Amy McFadden
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#bookaday summer reading challenge #18. Get a new perspective on our country’s immigration laws, from a young Filipino man who discovered his own undocumented status when he was 16. I learned so much from this book... and near the end I realized it was the junior edition. Now I can’t wait to read or listen to the original! This audiobook (read by the author) kept my mind focused on bigger things during some tedious driving and a traumatic dentist visit. Highly recommend. ...more
Michelle Angell
Important and moving story. Unfortunately, not a fan of how it was "adapted for young readers". The book feels very choppy, parts of the adult version were obviously cut out, and it seems no effort was put into bridging gaps in the narrative. The book also has a very high vocabulary level, for middle school readers, without providing adequate context clues.
Anne
I think the author has an important story to tell, but I'm apparently not a fan of Young Readers' editions. This is the second I've tried recently where the writing just fell so flat for me. I think in attempting to reshape adult stories the writing style and voice is just not my favorite.
Janelle
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good book to feel what it might be like as an illegal alien in the USA.
Danyelle
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Catherine
An interesting read. I think some of the jumping around with events may confuse some young readers.
Liz Friend
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The story: Jose thought an uncle had accompanied him to America. He thought his green card was real. Then, he went to apply for a driver's license, and his world was changed forever: the "uncle" was a smuggler, and Jose's green card was a fake. Now, more than 25 years later, he talks about his decision to come out of the shadows and tell his story--and about the fear that he could be deported any day, any time.

June Cleaver's ratings: this book is non-fiction, so the ratings don't apply.

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