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They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youthby Daniel Hernandez
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andlt;Bandgt;Daniel Hernandez helped save the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and his life experience is a source of true inspiration in this heartfelt memoir.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8220;I donand#8217;t consider myself a hero,and#8221; says Daniel Hernandez. and#8220;I did what I thought anyone should have done. Heroes are people who spend a lifetime committed to helping others.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;When Daniel Hernandez was twenty years old, he was working as an intern for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. On January 8, 2011, during a and#8220;Congress on Your Cornerand#8221; event, Giffords was shot. Daniel Hernandezand#8217;s quick thinking saved Giffordsand#8217;s life until the paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital. Hernandezand#8217;s bravery and heroism has been noted by many, including President Barack Obama.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;But while that may have been his most well-known moment in the spotlight, Daniel Hernandez, Jr., is a remarkable individual who has already accomplished much in his young life, and is working to achieve much more. This memoir explores Danieland#8217;s life, his character, and the traits that a young person needs to rise above adversity and become a hero like Daniel.
"Hernandez, who was a 20-year-old intern for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords when she was shot by a gunman in January 2011, was thrust into the media spotlight and praised for his actions during the assault. His tense, moment-by-moment recounting of the shooting spree is gripping; from there, Hernandez, working with Rubin (Music Was IT), describes the ensuing torrent of media interviews, then backtracks to provide a detailed account of his school years, when he mastered English, thrived academically, and resisted peer pressure despite bullying over his size, sexuality, and Mexican-American background. Throughout, Hernandez strikes a tone that is humble, earnest, and impassioned ('I felt shy about accepting the title of Ã¢Â€Â˜hero,' but I was beginning to learn how to take the compliments,' he writes), and his story is inspiring not only for his bravery during the shooting, but also for his commitment to education advocacy and public service, including his appointment to Tucson's Commission on LGBT issues and election to the local school board. Photos of Hernandez with family, friends, colleagues, and political figures are included. Ages 12 — up. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Feb.)Ã¢Â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Daniel Hernandez is completing his senior year at the University of Arizona. The twenty-two-year-old student is credited with having saved the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords during the shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011. At that time he was a political intern in Giffords’s office. Mr. Hernandez was recently elected to the Sunnyside Unified School District governing board. He lives in Tucson, Arizona. Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of more than fifty books for young readers. One of her recent titles, Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein, was a finalist for the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction and won the 2012 Sydney Taylor Award for Older Readers. She lives in Malibu, California.
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