Island Boy

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Island boy is a heartwarming and tearjerking book about the journey of a thirteen year old boy form a little island in the south pacific to a city in Southern California. His life with a white American family in a city that did not allow non-whites. The book chronicles the hardships faced by the young boy in a strange place where people made fun of the way he spoke and his brown skin. For the first time in his life, he faced discrimination and humiliation. Everyday he cried and longed for his carefree life in the...
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Overview

Island boy is a heartwarming and tearjerking book about the journey of a thirteen year old boy form a little island in the south pacific to a city in Southern California. His life with a white American family in a city that did not allow non-whites. The book chronicles the hardships faced by the young boy in a strange place where people made fun of the way he spoke and his brown skin. For the first time in his life, he faced discrimination and humiliation. Everyday he cried and longed for his carefree life in the islands with his extended family. America was not the land of freedom that he had heard about as a boy. It was a harsh and cruel country that made him cry. However, he persevered through the hardships, fought the racism, and eventually realized the American dream. He entered the teaching profession and climbed through the ranks to become the deputy superintendent of the California Department of Education. But the road to success was difficult because he did not fit into any of the major racial categories. He was the island boy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420840520
  • Publisher: Authorhouse
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

    Island Boy by Dr. Lal

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I was able to connect to it on a personal level, being an island person myself. I appreciate how Dr. Lal shared his experience of not fitting in with any racial group and even how non whites also show racism. Dr. Lal's writing took me right there with him, into his life experiences, and I even cried at some of the moments. Reading this book gave me hope that we at Lynwood have finally found a leader with a good heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    We Beat as One

    As the headline I gave states, this book is a wonderful book that sends out the message that any immigrant coming from any country can succeed here if they put their minds to it. It makes me proud, seeing that Dr. Lal, our superintendent, overcame all the insults and endless attacks, and helped us overcome racism to unite as one. Wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Island Boy

    This book truly touch my heart. This is a story of a true american dream, coming here alone at the age of thirteen, acquiring the highest level of education despite all the advertsities, Dr. Lal is a hero to all of us who dream of making our wishes come true. I recommend this book for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2005

    Island Boy

    this book is a must reading for immigrants and educators. It talks about the plight of a 13 year old who struggled with language and racism in the pre civil rights error to rise to the top of the education world and still faced racism, except this time it was reverse.

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