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Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by [Davis, Joshua]
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Amazon.com Review

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

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“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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  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Originals (December 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IQOC2DU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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