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Me llaman héroe (They Call Me a Hero)

Me llaman héroe (They Call Me a Hero)

Recuerdos de mi juventud

Translated by: Carlos Verdecia / With: Susan Goldman Rubin
For Ages: 12 and up
  • reading group guide
  • common core
Daniel Hernández ayudó a salvar la vida de la congresista Gabrielle Giffords, y la experiencia de su vida es fuente de verdadera inspiración en estas sentidas memorias en español.

“Yo no me considero un héroe”, dice Daniel Hernández. “Hice lo que cualquier otra persona debió haber hecho. Héroes son aquellos que dedican toda su vida a ayudar a otros”.

Cuando Daniel Hernández tenía veinte años trabajaba como pasante con la congresista Gabrielle Giffords. El 8 de enero de 2011, durante un evento titulado “El congreso en tu esquina”, alguien le disparó a Giffords. La agilidad mental de Daniel Hernández le salvó la vida a Giffords hasta que llegaron los paramédicos y la llevaron al hospital. Muchos han reconocido la valentía y heroísmo de Hernández, incluyendo al presidente Barack Obama.

Sin embargo, aunque tal vez ese haya sido su momento más visible y de mayor fama, Daniel Hernández, Jr., es un extraordinario individuo que ha tenido ya muchos logros en su corta vida y se propone conquistar muchos más mediante su trabajo. Me llaman héroe explora la vida de Daniel, su carácter y los atributos que una persona joven necesita para superar la adversidad y convertirse en un héroe como Daniel.

“Su relato es inspirador, no sólo por su valentía durante el tiroteo, sino también por su dedicación a promover la educación y el servicio público, incluyendo su nombramiento a la Comisión de Temas de LGBT de Tucson y su elección a la junta escolar local. Se incluyen fotografías de Hernández con su familia, amigos, colegas y figuras políticas” (Publishers Weekly).
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442466203 | 
  • February 2014 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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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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Daniel Hernandez
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Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez is a 2012 graduate of the University of Arizona who is credited with having saved the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords during the shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011, when he was an intern assisting the congresswoman with a constitutional event. He served as a member of the City of Tucson Commission on LGBT Issues, and is currently on the governing board of the Sunnyside Unified School District, where he attended public schools. He is dedicated to education advocacy and civic engagement. He is the author of They Call Me a Hero. Visit him at DanielHernandezJr.org.

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