Daniel Hernández ayudó a salvar la vida de la congresista Gabrielle Giffords, y la experiencia de su vida es fuente de verdadera inspiración en estas sentidas memorias en español.
“Yo no me considero un héroe”, dice Daniel Hernández. “Hice lo que cualquier otra persona debió haber hecho. Héroes son aquellos que dedican toda su vida a ayudar a otros”.
Cuando Daniel Hernández tenía veinte años trabajaba como pasante con la congresista Gabrielle Giffords. El 8 de enero de 2011, durante un evento titulado “El congreso en tu esquina”, alguien le disparó a Giffords. La agilidad mental de Daniel Hernández le salvó la vida a Giffords hasta que llegaron los paramédicos y la llevaron al hospital. Muchos han reconocido la valentía y heroísmo de Hernández, incluyendo al presidente Barack Obama.
Sin embargo, aunque tal vez ese haya sido su momento más visible y de mayor fama, Daniel Hernández, Jr., es un extraordinario individuo que ha tenido ya muchos logros en su corta vida y se propone conquistar muchos más mediante su trabajo. Me llaman héroe explora la vida de Daniel, su carácter y los atributos que una persona joven necesita para superar la adversidad y convertirse en un héroe como Daniel.
“Su relato es inspirador, no sólo por su valentía durante el tiroteo, sino también por su dedicación a promover la educación y el servicio público, incluyendo su nombramiento a la Comisión de Temas de LGBT de Tucson y su elección a la junta escolar local. Se incluyen fotografías de Hernández con su familia, amigos, colegas y figuras políticas” (Publishers Weekly).
About the Author
Daniel Hernandez is a 2012 graduate of the University of Arizona who is credited with having saved the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords during the shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011, when he was an intern assisting the congresswoman with a constitutional event. He served as a member of the City of Tucson Commission on LGBT Issues, and is currently on the governing board of the Sunnyside Unified School District, where he attended public schools. He is dedicated to education advocacy and civic engagement. He is the author of They Call Me a Hero. Visit him at DanielHernandezJr.org.
Susan Goldman Rubinis the author of more than fifty books for young readers. One of her recent titles, Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein, was a finalist for the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction and won the 2012 Sydney Taylor Award for Older Readers. She lives in Malibu, California.
“On a day of enormous tragedy, we saw great bravery and compassion. When Daniel Hernandez heard gunshots that fateful day, he ran toward them, ultimately saving lives. This moving memoir tells the story of how Daniel became the quick-thinking, courageous and generous young man who would become a national hero.”- — Nancy Pelosi
“I met Daniel Hernandez and came away feeling invigorated about America ’s future. We all watched Daniel in an incredible moment of heroism. Now, he’s made a life of service and whether he stays in local politics or hits the national stage, he will inspire America for a long time.” — Erin Burnett, anchor of CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront
"Daniel Hernandez is a true American hero. I have had the pleasure of meeting him, and it reminded me why I love this country: Only in America can a young boy whose mother was an immigrant land an internship with his Congresswoman and in the most terrifying moment of his life run towards the bullets to save her life. He handled his newfound fame with grace and dignity and continues to inspire people across the country." — Piers Morgan, host of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight
"This account...hits all the right notes. Throughout, [Daniel Hernandez] comes across as self-assured but not full of himself, conscious of but not obsessed with his image and his status as a multiple role model, opinionated but not angry or preachy. An absorbing eyewitness view of a shocking event wrapped in a fluent, engaging self-portrait." — Kirkus Reviews
"[This] tense, moment-by-moment recounting of the shooting spree is gripping...Throughout, Hernandez strikes a tone that is humble, earnest, and impassioned, and his story is inspiring not only for his bravery during the shooting, but also for his commitment to education advocacy and public service." — Publishers Weekly
“Daniel’s now-famous bravery is matched only by his remarkable sense of duty and deep respect for public service. His story should be required reading for young people wondering if and when they can make an impact on the world. The answers are ‘yes’ and ‘right now.’" — Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute
“Daniel Hernandez is a shining example of civic duty and resilience in the face of hardship. His story will inspire young people everywhere and remind us all that there are true heroes among us.” — Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post Media Group
“Daniel Hernandez did not become an extraordinary man on that horrible day in Tucson; that’s just when the world learned of him.” — Shepard Smith, anchor of The Fox Report on FOX News Channel
"The heroic young man’s story will be appreciated by politically minded youths as well as those looking for a role model." — School Library Journal