My Two Flags

My Two Flags

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by Javier Robayo
     
 
Antonio Amaya’s life revolved around his family, his friends, and one dream: to live in the United States.
When the dream becomes reality, the drastic change creates daunting challenges. Antonio endures exclusion and disdain from his new schoolmates by turning his disillusionment inward.
Yearning to belong, he fills the pages of his notebook

Overview

Antonio Amaya’s life revolved around his family, his friends, and one dream: to live in the United States.
When the dream becomes reality, the drastic change creates daunting challenges. Antonio endures exclusion and disdain from his new schoolmates by turning his disillusionment inward.
Yearning to belong, he fills the pages of his notebook in the hopes of learning English.
But how does a thirteen-year-old overcome language barriers, racial slurs, and bullying while hiding his desire to return to his country from his parents, who have given up everything to live under two flags?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016602585
Publisher:
Javier A. Robayo
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
My Two Flags , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
329
File size:
337 KB

Meet the Author

Javier A. Robayo immigrated to the United States in 1988, and began writing as a way of learning English as a freshman in high school. He studied at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and lives in Connecticut, with his wife, and two daughters, where he is currently at work on his next novel.

For more information, please visit: javierrobayoauthor.com

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My Two Flags 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Author Javier A. Robayo, has managed to put me on an emotional roller coaster through each chapter in My Two Flags. This story grasps every part of your soul making you laugh, cry (sob at times), feel indescribable anger, have moments of tenderness, and become part of Tony Amaya's dreams and triumphs. What I love best about this story is the lesson it teaches us all in understanding what it's like for someone to leave everything behind for a dream and discovering the reality that nothing was what was expected. But at the same time finding strength in unimaginable places to fight against everything that gets in your face and tells you "you don't belong here." This story gives a whole new meaning to the words perseverance, respect, and love for a new beginning and those who've sacrificed everything for that new beginning. A definite MUST READ!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite For Antonio Amaya, his entire life was dedicated to his family's one goal: getting to the United States. Then the dream comes true, and his family is ecstatic! Yet for Antonio, the United States isn't the golden land of milk and honey that the rest of his family think it is. At school, Antonio is shut-out, ignored, and in some cases loathed for simply being a foreigner.  I think that My Two Flags is a really sad, yet true depiction of the situation befalling many people in the United States right now. There are all sorts of upheavals in the southern states about legalizing immigrants, deporting illegal ones, etc. This has created a lot of bad feeling between those in the country who view immigration as a problem, and the immigrants who just want a better life for their families. While this story is played out constantly in the media, we rarely see the discord and struggle that these issues cause in the youngest members of our country: in the school system.  My Two Flags, and Javier A. Robayo himself, really made me think about the effects of immigration politics on the people themselves. This isn't just a legal battle or an issue of politics. These are real, flesh and blood human beings, and this turmoil really can have detrimental effects. Robayo did a wonderful job painting the disillusionment and despair of a young teenager, struggling to battle against more than just the typical high school angst. He actually battles an internal struggle of cultural identity and self-esteem. A truly great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago