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Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Paperback – December 2, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2014: Spare Parts is the fantastic story of four Mexican-American teenagers struggling to find their place. An unlikely robotics competition becomes the focus of the narrative, but the story covers a lot of ground. By describing how these teens came together, author Joshua Davis gives us a succinct history of immigration and a micro-lesson in Arizona politics. It all leads to the a scene in a pool in Santa Barbara, CA—with each team member realizing how they fit on the team, and in their adopted homeland. – Amy Huff
“Perhaps the most gripping popular-science book I have read.” ―Noel Sharkey, Nature
“A great feel-good tale of scrappy underdogs beating long odds. But there's more to the story, and Spare Parts illuminates the human side of two polarizing political issues: immigration and education . . . Spare Parts is a delightful book . . . A great American story.” ―Peter Carlson, The Washington Post
“Spare Parts is an unforgettable tale of hope and human ingenuity. Against a backdrop of urban desert decay, a faltering school system, and our country's cutthroat immigration policies, Joshua Davis offers a moving testament to how teamwork, perseverance, and a few good teachers can lift up and empower even the humblest among us.” ―Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark
“It's the most American of stories: how determination and ingenuity can bring triumph over long odds. There are too few stories like these written about Latino students. Poignant and beautifully told, Spare Parts makes you feel their frustration at the obstacles and indignities faced by Cristian, Lorenzo, Luis, and Oscar--and to cheer as they rise to overcome each one of them. ” ―Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey
“Spare Parts is one of those rare stories that grabs hold and doesn't let go. It's hilarious, sad, and beautifully told. It will make you think hard about what it means to be American and where we will find the next generation of talent.” ―Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail
“This is hands down my favorite kind of story: underdogs plus ingenuity plus pluck and dedication equals a deeply moving and touching narraitive. I love these kids!” ―Adam Savage, cohost of MythBusterst
“This is important reading.” ―Booklist (starred review)
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Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this inspiring, thoughtfully told story of going against the odds. I hope it inspires people to be kinder to each other and reach out a hand to help a fellow human being.
It is an inspiring and soul-lifting true story that everyone should read who feels like they are disadvantaged because of their race, their living conditions, their poor schooling. It also demonstrates that with a talented and devoted teacher, virtually nothing is impossible.
What the book teaches us is this: The way to re-engage marginal students is not to offer them remedial classes, but to stimulate them with a challenge that doesn't rely upon classroom skills. As soon as they decide that a mental challenge is interesting and important, they will discover all sorts of intellectual skills as they try to solve the puzzle. This is a must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book to read. It's a nonfiction and so I find it very inspirational underdog kind of story.Published 5 days ago by Sunday Winters
Delightful story. The underdogs win. Clearly tells the challenges of immigrant communities. Wish the big ending had been better for these brilliant young men. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ann Sutton
This is a great book that tells a lot about US culture in the past and present regarding immigrants and people coming from other countries. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Andrew James Beck
Loved this book. Interesting, challenging, hopeful. I wish people opposed to a pathway to legal status for immigrants would begin to understand the complexity and unfairness... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marjory Eller
What a great book. I couldn't put it down because it was so interesting. One moment I was laughing another moment I would be crying for these four robotic students from Phoenix.Published 1 month ago by MSaave83
Great read about a group of people overcoming obstruction that others put in front of these kids.
It's a shame that the US and the hate filled policy that keeps these kids and... Read more
Author takes you on quite the trip. Made me think THIS IS GONNA BE ME!!! >:-8Published 1 month ago by jogirob