Author Chat With David Aguilar and Ferran Aguilar (Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life), Plus Giveaway! ~ US Only!

Today we are very excited to share an interview with author David Aguilar and Ferran Aguilar (Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life)!

Read on to learn more about them, the book, and a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet the Author: David Aguilar

David Aguilar and his father, Ferran Aguilar, are from Andorra, in Europe. David was born missing part of one arm. At the age of nine, he designed his first prosthesis with LEGO bricks, and in high school he built the next generation, which he named the MK-1. David’s father encouraged him to make a video about his prosthesis and the huge role that LEGOs played in his life, and posted it on social media, where it went viral and changed both of their lives. In addition to telling his story in this book, David is also the protagonist of the Spanish documentary Mr. Hand Solo, which won the award for best documentary at the Boston Science Fiction Film festival. David is currently developing his own brand, Hand Solo, which will aim to benefit various organizations for the disabled and fight against the stigma of “diff-ability,” as he calls it.

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About the Book: Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life

“Humorous and uplifting…While readers needn’t be LEGO fans to admire David’s ingenuity, fellow builders may be inspired to dream up their own inventions.” ―Kirkus Reviews

 

The heartfelt and funny memoir of a boy who built himself a prosthetic arm out of the world-famous toy bricks.

David Aguilar was born missing part of one arm, a small detail that seemed to define his life and limit people’s ideas of who he was and who he could be. But in this funny and heartfelt memoir, David proves that he can throw out the rulebook and people’s expectations and maybe even make a difference in the world—and all with a sense of humor. At only nine years old, David built his first prosthesis from LEGO bricks, and since then he hasn’t stopped creating and thinking about how his inventions, born from a passion for building things, could fuel change and help others.

With a voice full of humor and heart, David tells his powerful story, of family and friendship, of heartbreak and loss, and ultimately of triumph and success, as he continues to dream big and build a life and a better world—piece by piece.

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~Author Chat~

 

YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

The prevalence of bullying in our society—and the fact that the number of cases continues to rise—inspired me to tell my story. The consequences of bullying are devastating, causing terrible and sometimes irreparable damage to the victims and their loved ones.

While there is increasingly more awareness and action plans to combat this problem, it hasn’t gone away. For this reason, it felt like now was the right time to tell my story of overcoming adversity and hopefully inspire other children that there is life after bullying. I hope that Piece by Piece will inspire, motivate, and continue to raise awareness of this issue. I also hope young people see how important the support of families and teachers are and that you can always reach out when you need help and lean on your network for support.

I hope my story convinces people to open their arms and hearts and make their world a better place, in whatever way they can.

 

YABC: What event in the book are you most proud of, and why?

While I can’t pinpoint it to a single event, without a doubt I am most proud of the unconditional love and support that my family showed me at every difficult point in my life. The example my parents set for me and their unwavering belief allowed me to develop my skills, abilities and aptitudes to face anything in my life and accept and embrace my DIFF-ABILITY.

 

YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?

This may sound bad, but in honesty my studies in Bioengineering combined with ongoing projects and doing interviews for the book’s release have meant that I don’t have a lot of quiet time to sit down and read often!

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to write?

Talking about my grandmother was emotional and brought up so many memories for me. I know that she is still helping me through her son, my father, who helped write the book with me and through all the young people who are like me and their families that I get to meet and work with. My grandmother’s memory, and her love and spirit are all still very present in my life and live on through the book.

 

YABC:    What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?

I hope that by reading Piece by Piece they will become aware of the importance of being inclusive, supportive, respectful, and tolerant. This essence is what I hope will reach our readers, so they can come to embrace stories of difference and people like me, and that they will be inspired, motivated, and above all, gain awareness of what those with diff-abilities face.

 

YABC:      What would you say is your superpower?

My superpower is exactly the thing that others might say would be hardest – it is my diff-ability. Diff-ability represents all of us. It represents all those whose have capacities that are different, without creating labels that degrade you because of what someone cannot do. Diff-ability represents our differences as positives and not negatives.

I created the character of “Hand Solo” to defend the values of diff-ability in their most positive light. He was born in a math class, when a classmate who I completely trust and who learned to laugh with me and not at me, told me that since I was such a fan of Star Wars, I should call myself HAND SOLO. Soon after, I dressed up as Han Solo and put a sign on my back that read:

“HAND SOLO.”

And so my superpower was born!

 

YABC:     Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I got to meet and work with an incredible young man named Beknur who was born with a similar condition to mine. I was able to build a custom prosthesis for Beknur, and through helping him and his family it helped me understand that not only could I make adapted prostheses for myself, but I could also share this gift with others. It was such a joy to get to include his photo in the book and pay a small tribute to his joy and example.

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

Currently, I’m working on several projects while also giving lectures as the ambassador of the Adecco Foundation, promoting the inclusion of people with diff-abilities in the workplace. I’ve also just signed a collaboration contract with the company Seeds of Respect to develop immersive awareness capsules to fight bullying throughout the world through virtual reality.

When my story first began to rise, my father registered the HAND SOLO brand in my name, which I can proudly say is authorized by Disney itself. With this, I want to create merchandising that can help support solidarity projects, and donate the proceeds to associations of people with diff-abilities, or other related charitable causes. With my own brand, I aspire to one day collaborate with Nike, Adidas, or Reebok. I hope that whoever wears a HAND SOLO garment or uses one of my products will do so proudly and with the knowledge of what the brand represents and the goal of solidarity and inclusion with which it was created.

 

YABC:   What advice do you have for new writers? 

It may seem somewhat obvious or poetic, but in our case, writing my story with my father has represented pouring out our hearts in detail to share the story of what happened in my life. Since we chose to tell this story, it has had a significant impact on my life and others and I am fully convinced that the reason for my success is having done things with and for love.

So that is my advice, to do all things FOR AND WITH LOVE.

 

 

Title: Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life (No Instructions Required)

Author: David Aguilar and Ferran Aguilar, translated by Lawrence Schimel

Release Date:  10/25/22

Publisher:  Amazon Crossing Kids

ISBN-10: 1662504276 (hc) / 1662504268 (pb)

ISBN-13: 9781662504273 (hc) / 9781662504266 (pb)

Genre: Nonfiction

Age Range: 10-14

 

 

 

~ Giveaway Details ~

Five (5) winners will receive a copy of Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life (David Aguilar and Ferran Aguilar) ~US/CAN ONLY

 

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4 thoughts on “Author Chat With David Aguilar and Ferran Aguilar (Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life), Plus Giveaway! ~ US Only!”

  1. Cori says:

    Looks super informational and inspiring!

  2. Such an eye-catching cover, and my daughter loves reading non-fiction about people overcoming challenges (and so do I!)

  3. Kirsten Lyon says:

    A great cover & the synopsis makes me want to read the book!

  4. The cover is perfect for this inspirational book.

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