Mi sueño de América / My American Dream


By Yuliana Gallegos    

Translated by Georgina Baeza

ISBN: 978-1-55885-534-2
Publication Date: 2007
Bind: Trade Paperback
Pages: 64
Ages: 8-12

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In Mi sueño de América / My American Dream, young Yuliana Gallegos recalls her move from Monterrey, Mexico, to Houston, Texas. Initially excited about moving to Houston, where the huge freeways make her feel like she’s on a roller coaster, her excitement quickly wanes when she starts school.

Everything is different at Yuli’s new school, and her discomfort is magnified by her classmates’ stares. “They looked me up and down as if I was from another planet and not from another country.” And to make matters worse, she learns that in spite of studying English in Mexico, she can’t understand anything that’s being said. All she wants to do is go back to her school in Monterrey.

Yuli poignantly records the fear and anguish experienced by all immigrant children as they strive to adjust to a new language and culture. With the help of a compassionate teacher, a Japanese girl who becomes her friend, and her own determination to excel at her studies, Yuli gradually learns to speak English and feel comfortable in her new environment.

Accompanied by black-and-white line drawings, this bilingual story will encourage other kids—whether immigrants or not—to write their own stories.


2008 International Latino Book Award Winner for Best Young Adult Nonfiction-Bilingual

“Teachers and children who may have immigrants in their classrooms will learn what a difference one caring person can make to any newcomer. Recommended for all schools and libraries.”

“Children who are experiencing the trauma of relocating will identify with Yuliana’s story and be inspired to make their own dreams come true while maintaining pride in their heritage.”
—MultiCultural Review

YULIANA GALLEGOS is a native of Mexico and has lived in Houston, Texas, since she was nine years old. She is currently a student at Bellaire High School.

GEORGINA BAEZA is a teacher at San Jacinto Intermediate School in Pasadena, Texas, whose creative work has been included in Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Piñata Books, 2006).

Accelerated Reader Quiz #120117 | ATOS English: 4 | ATOS Interest Level: Middle Grade