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The Bookshelf: Sept. 15, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Book of Isaias.

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THE BOOK OF ISAIAS: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America

by Daniel Connolly

Isaias Ramos is a teenager, first and foremost, seeking his way in the world. He wrestles with the questions of postsecondary education versus immediately entering the workplace, following in his parents' footsteps doing manual work. His school recognizes his potential as he handily dispatches various educational assessment exams ... At the same time, the school struggles to provide the resources needed to support the aspirations they have for him. ... There is a wide, almost universal air to the author’s writing, as he alternately tells a narrowly focused story and a broad-based one, making clear that this tale of one family's immigration cannot be told without laying bare the complex context in which it is situated.

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