Young immigrant achieves her dreams in inspiring memoir. Everyone thinks she’s crazy. You have to read this book. During her first year in San Antonio, this progresses to even more beers and finally to her father getting drunk every night. One day, Tas tries to play a prank on the school bully, Darren "Dreadlock", but his teacher, Mr. McKinlay "Mac", takes the bait and faints, causing everyone to be sent home early. Only a recent law allowing undocumented students to attend college in Texas opens a door for her. There aren't any reviews yet. Common Sense and other associated names and logos are trademarks of Common Sense Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 41-2024986). A really careful reader might have picked up on it though, by the way Tas describes things - by their feel and sound rather than their appearance - and the way he recognises people by their voices instead of their faces. [3] In 2007, the book was used as stimulus for a two to four-week program of curriculum activities on violence in connection with the National Day of Reading, a joint initiative of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and the Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA). A review in Bookbird noted the themes of school bullying, family relationships and violence in Ireland in Someone Like Me. They have come to Australia to escape the violence in Northern Ireland, but when the past catches up with them, Tas is trapped in the middle. Wow was the only thing i could think on the last sentice. Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. It's story that will stay with you for awhile and possibly make you change the way you look at life- the things, places and people around you. how does he know what dreadlock's hair is like? Elaine Forrestal is a full-time writer who lives and works in Scarborough, Western Australia. Tas is sent to the hospital, where he is nearly choked to death by Enya's uncle, Seamus, for spying on their argument, but is saved by Mr. Mac. Should they be allowed to stay and become citizens, or should they be deported? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Tas is later awarded a scholarship to the music school. Do students in your school ever make snap judgements ("He's probably not very smart" or "I'll bet she's a trouble maker") about someone simply because of where they come from or the color of their skin? Year 5 teacher Ben Dean recommended this book to me. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. Wow. My Synopsis: 16-year old Fran Watts is the freaky girl at school. She has also written for children’s television. But it isn't until she begins to apply to colleges that Arce, an honor student, comes to fully realize what being undocumented means for her future. Of her 17 published fiction titles, 14 have been shortlisted for, or won, major awards. In one, while she excels academically and is a cheerleader and member of the school dance team, she also struggles to fit in. The memoir really encourages people to live their dreams. What are the quotes in the book someone like me? It is about a boy 'Tas', who becomes friends with his neighbour, a girl called Enya. Arce's grit and determination should inspire any young reader. He is also frequently subject to being transferred to a special school. Your privacy is important to us. Arce struggles to fit in, never feeling as if she belongs in the world of her wealthy classmates or with neighborhood kids who attend the local school. Her parents work tirelessly to be able to send all three girls to a private school, but this takes them away from home for long stretches of time, and the girls are left behind to be cared for by their grandmother and a nanny. One of those books where you find out Something. Parents need to know that Julissa Arce's memoir, Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream, begins in Mexico, where Arce lives with her two older sisters while her parents spend weeks and sometimes months away, working throughout Mexico and then in the United States. © Common Sense Media. It's a wonderful book. All rights reserved. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Her father became an alcoholic who would regularly hit her. Did not see the twist at the end coming - very unexpected. Year 5 and above. I liked the way you don't find out until the end that Tas is blind, it's a clever way of showing kids that something like that doesn't make you any different, any less of a person. Elaine Forrestal is a full-time writer who lives and works in Scarborough, Western Australia. [2] Forrestal's "believable characters" have been praised, as well as the growing air of "menace" that mounts in Someone Like Me. In fifth grade, Arce gets into trouble at school and her parents decide she'll come to the U.S. (on a tourist visa) and live permanently with them. Throughout the book, she writes of the important lessons she learned as she watched her mother work tirelessly to build several businesses and refuse to be defeated when a business fails and she has to begin again. it was a solid book. 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Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. But she credits her mother as her role model. When Arce moves to the United Sates to live with her parents, she notices her father is now drinking "a beer or two" every night. Then when she's 14, Arcane is told that her visa has long expired and she's an "illegal," an undocumented immigrant. Someone Like Me is a 1996 children's novel by Australian author Elaine Forrestal. Someone Like Me by M.R. Someone Like Me is an inspiring story for immigrants, dreamers and the latinx community. The two of them spend weeks in the hospital together before returning to school. Children's Book Council of Australia Award for Book of the Year: Younger Readers (1998). Her novel. She's teased about how she wears her hair ("Pocohantas" hair) and what she brings for lunch and confronts racist assumptions from her classmates (she couldn't possibly belong in a math honors class because she's "a Mexican"). Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. All opinions are my own. The star rating reflects overall quality. They have come to Australia to escape the violence in Northern Ireland, but when the past catches up with them, Tas is trapped in the middle. My friends also cried while reading he last few chapters. Families can talk about the assumptions people make about author Julissa Arce in Someone Like Me. Inspiring memoir teaches kids to dream big. Despite graduating high school with honors, all her applications are rejected because she can't  provide a social security number. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. The main protagonist is Thomas Alexander St. John "Tas" Kennedy, a preteen boy. An inspirational and emotional read, that will tug at your heart strings and make you think. At the beginning of the book, I had no idea that Tas was blind! Always ambitious and looking for ways to improve life for the family, her parents begin spending months away in the United Sates, selling silver jewelry at trade shows. When Arce comes to live with them in San Antonio, Texas, she becomes one of the millions of "Dreamers," young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Welcome back. Parents need to know that Julissa Arce's memoir, Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream, begins in Mexico, where Arce lives with her two older sisters while her parents spend weeks and sometimes months away, working throughout Mexico and then in the United States. Arce's parents teach her important lessons about the value of working really hard and never giving up. Julissa Arce puts a relatable face on America's Dreamers, showing readers that one of them could well be a classmate, a teammate, or even one of their closest friends. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Orbit Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. While Arce's parents were great role models when it came to working hard and valuing the importance of a good education, she writes honestly (but not graphically) about the dark side of her family life. After a run-in with Dreadlock and his cronies, Tas meets up with Enya, who reveals that she was the one who shot Tas and that it was an accident. Inspired by her parents' strong work ethic, she never gives up, graduating from college with honors and becoming a vice-president at a multinational investment bank before finally becoming an American citizen in 2014. See all 3 questions about Someone Like Me…. Thank you for your support. A review in Bookbird noted the themes of school bullying, family relationships and violence in Ireland in Someone Like Me. We're updating our reviews to better highlight authentic stories and accurate, diverse representations. As Enya was absent, Tas goes to her house and notices her parents in an argument with another man, which ends with Tas being shot. He lives on a farm with his parents and two sisters, and his dog, Reebok. How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives, Participate in DigCit Week with your kid by using curated activities from Wide Open School, Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance, Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning, Some Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream, Set limits for violence and more with Plus, Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, Kids' Books About the Immigrant Experience. It's perfect for children aged 9-13,who are trying to figure out who they are. Seamus is later arrested for stockpiling ammonium nitrate, as well as his attempted murder of Tas. No honest work should ever be beneath you. She grew up in the Wheatbelt but now travels all over the world, and has spoken at festivals and presented writing workshops in Australia, Singapore, France, Italy, and Ireland. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Someone Like Me is more than simply an inspiring personal story, it offers valuable lessons for young readers on the importance of hard work, not prejudging someone by where they come from or how well they speak English, and never giving up on your dreams. Truly shocking and amazing. See our. It is here that he reveals that he is blind. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. One I read again and again. In her other secret life, she worries constantly that her undocumented status will be discovered and that she and her parents will be deported.

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