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Spare Parts Audiobook

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

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Four undocumented Mexican-American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest... and a major motion picture.

In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much - but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. And build a robot they did.

Their robot wasn't pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition - and yet, against all odds... they won! But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story - which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement - will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan.

Joshua Davis' Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country - even as the country tried to kick them out.

©2014 Joshua Davis (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Kymberlaine Banks Garland, TX United States 09-16-16
    Kymberlaine Banks Garland, TX United States 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the book was so much better than the movie"

    enjoyed getting to know and understand these characters and feeling my way through their experience. the movie was a feel good snapshot part of the story, the book is excellent.

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    Melissa 06-14-16
    Melissa 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a true focus on immigration status"

    the story will inform those who need to be informed regarding the difficult situation we have in this country and the lives of immigrants who were brought here as children illegally

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    laura vallejo 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "my childhood explained"

    this gave me a unique perspective of my childhood. latterly I was in 4th grade when this story began and a lot of the facts about how some Americans viewed immigration. just blew my mind. I work on a great environment except for the hole nc state get your laws straighten out. your ruining us. my coworkers have always been so supportive. I couldn't imagine trying to get through college during that time.

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    Joselo Querétaro 02-25-16
    Joselo Querétaro 02-25-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm just an engineer who solves problems

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    "American Dream"
    Would you try another book from Joshua Davis and/or Will Damron?

    Excellent work, I would definitely recommend him to other people


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Narrated flawlessly, it was both, hilarious and sad.


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    Spare Parts portrays the bittersweet story of these boys and their families and the real effort involved conquer the American Dream.

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    What an inspiring (and enlightening) story. It was well worth listening to. Now I'm intrigued to see the movie.

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    Robert Vincent Seattle, WA 03-25-15
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    this is an amazing story that needed to be told. It is about triumph and injustice.
    I really enjoyed it.

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