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I teach an interdisciplinary class to seniors that combines English and economics. Many of my students are Latino immigrants to are trying to be the first in their family to attend college. This book touches on many of the economic concepts that relate to higher education and immigration. It also exposes student to many of the steps they will need to take to apply for college and financial aid. Lastly, the book is an excellent model text to expose students to the genre of investigative journalism.
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The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America

by Daniel Connolly

In a green town in the middle of America, a bright 18-year-old Hispanic student named Isaias Ramos sets out on the journey to college.Isaias, who passed a prestigious national calculus test as a junior and leads the quiz bowl team, is the hope of Kingsbury...

In a green town in the middle of America, a bright 18-year-old Hispanic student named Isaias Ramos sets out on the journey to college.

Isaias, who passed a prestigious national calculus test as a junior and leads the quiz bowl team, is the hope of Kingsbury High in Memphis, a school where many students have difficulty reading. But Kingsbury’s dysfunction, expensive college fees, and forms printed in a language that’s foreign to his parents are all obstacles in the way of getting him to a university.

Isaias also doubts the value of college and says he might go to work in his family’s painting business after high school, despite his academic potential. Is Isaias making a rational choice? Or does he simply hope to avoid pain by deferring dreams that may not come to fruition? This is what journalist Daniel Connolly attempts to uncover in The Book of Isaias as he follows Isaias, peers into a tumultuous final year of high school, and, eventually, shows how adults intervene in the hopes of changing Isaias’ life.

Mexican immigration has brought the proportion of Hispanics in the nation’s youth population to roughly one in four. Every day, children of immigrants make decisions about their lives that will shape our society and economy for generations. This engaging, poignant book captures an American microcosm and illustrates broader challenges for our collective future.

Suggested by Mr. Pena-Vargas (Teacher)

Hardcover - 272 pages - $26.99
ISBN: 1250083060 (ISBN13: 9781250083067)
Published Oct 4, 2016 by St. Martin's Press

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