Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Books by This Author

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League

Age Level: 14-16

Dan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy, he came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but when their visas lapsed, Dan-el's courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons. While Dan-el was only in grade school, the family joined the ranks of the city's homeless. Dan-el, his mother, and brother lived in a downtown shelter where Dan-el's only refuge was the meager library.