Title: Dear America: Young Readers Edition*
Contributors: Jose Antonio Vargas
Age Range: Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
In the young readers’ adaptation of his bestselling memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and nonprofit founder Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story of being an undocumented immigrant in the country he calls home. A Junior Library Guild selection.
Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his grandparents. Unbeknownst to him, he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner’s permit, he learned the truth, and spent the next almost twenty years keeping his immigration status a secret. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status—risking his career and personal safety—was Vargas able to live his truth.
This book asks questions like, How do you define who is an American? How do we decide who gets to be a citizen? What happens to those who enter the U.S. without documentation? By telling his personal story, and presenting facts without easy answers, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn’t be more relevant.
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