Me llaman heroe (They Call Me a Hero)

Recuerdos de mi juventud

Translated by: Carlos Verdecia / with: Susan Goldman Rubin
For Ages: 12 and up
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Daniel Hernandez helped save the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and his life experience is a source of true inspiration in this heartfelt memoir, told in Spanish.

“I don’t consider myself a hero,” says Daniel Hernandez. “I did what I thought anyone should have done. Heroes are people who spend a lifetime committed to helping others.”

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 “Congress on Your Corner” event, Giffords was shot. Daniel Hernandez’s quick thinking saved Giffords’s life until the paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital. Hernandez’s bravery and heroism has been noted by many, including President Barack Obama.

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, told in Spanish, explores Daniel’s life, his character, and the traits that a young person needs to rise above adversity and become a hero like Daniel.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442466210 | 
  • February 2013 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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CAPÍTULO UNO

LA MAñANA DEL SáBADO

“¡DISPAROS!” DIJO ALGUIEN, Y COMPRENDÍ: RECORDÉ ALGUNAS DE las cosas que habían ocurrido en los últimos meses. Había habido un evento de campaña donde un elector furioso había traído un arma, pero la había dejado caer. Y en marzo habían disparado a la puerta de la oficina de la congresista Gabby Giffords en Tucson después del voto de la ley de cuidados de salud. Gabe Zimmerman, el ayudante de Gabby, se me había acercado esa mañana y me dijo: “Si ves algo sospechoso, me avisas”.
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A Reading Group Guide to They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth By Daniel Hernandez with Susan Goldman Rubin About the Book Twenty-year-old Daniel Hernandez is an intern working in U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords’s office when she and several others are shot at a constituent event on January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona. In his memoir, Hernandez describes the events that happened that day and the aftermath. He narrates his personal experiences growing up that led him to a career in public service and his passion for wanting to help people in turmoil. Prereading Questions 1. Discuss the characteristics of a hero. 2. What makes some individuals jump to the aid of those facing danger, while others do not? Questions for Discussion 1. Daniel Hernandez is a twenty-year-old intern working for Gabby Giffords on the day that she is shot in Arizona. How did he come to meet Gabby Giffords? What impressed him about her? 2. Describe the morning of the shooting. How does Daniel recall the events of that morning? 3. On the day of the shooting rampage, how did Daniel come to the aid of Gabby Giffords and other victims that day? 4. Why does Daniel contact Steve and Kelly Farley? 5. Daniel does not perceive himself as a hero. Why does he have this perspective? How does he define see more

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