Book Reviews

Press Release:

"Paloma puts in print life experiences and her special journey, that demonstrates the power of one, no matter how young or challenged. This extraordinary young lady is an inspiration and example for others on how to live and persevere, as well as how one can foster and champion change for those who do not have a voice. Despite her visual impairment, she sees, understands and has the insight, courage and drive from which many can learn. Bene Factum!" 


                                        -Salvatore M. Blandino, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Co-Chair of District 6940 Rotary Youth Exchange of Florida

"I have just finished the book and WOW! Thank you so much for allowing me to be one of the first to read it. Can't wait to get a real copy. What a great way to share your life story, which is so full for such a short time! I just love the way your book teaches, not just about your condition and what you have done, but also other teaching points about the meaning of words, places and who certain people are. More importantly, you will help so many who are labeled 'different' and suffer from the bullying and staring and just plain rudeness. You have my utmost respect and I am so proud to know you and your parents. They have done a marvelous job of raising independent young ladies. I have to share one of my favorites from your book- learning about the o in capitol as it related to the dome. I used that al of the time when I was teaching! Congratulations, Paloma!" 


                                      -Lenita Joe, former Library Media Specialist and Teacher of the Year 

"I am thrilled to be holding a copy of Paloma's Dream! Congrats Paloma! It is an incredible, inspirational, and real-life read. I found myself in awe of the powerful contributions you have accomplished through your activism. I must tell, I find your humor and wisdom/perspective quite refreshing :) What a compassionate and powerful way to live this ONE LIFE ("is this all it is?"). Hootie Hoo! I am so very proud of you. Everyone needs a copy of this hot-off-the-press personal recollection of Paloma's life... Can't wait to see what comes next! Girl Power!"  

                                  -Cameron Lewis Barton, 6th Grade Earth/Space Science Teacher 

"Paloma and Elizabeth personally delivered a hot-off-the-press copy to WFSU yesterday, which Paloma graciously signed. May I say this remarkable young lady has produced a highly readable and inspirational narrative! Who says you can't change the world (or at least a significant chunk of it?) Well done!" 

                                  -Tom Flannigan, Program Director for WFSU News 

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is the true story of how one young girl's passion for the visually impaired, herself being one, helped to close the gap these students faced in our education system here in Florida. Paloma's Dream is written with the personality of Paloma shining through. You can see clearly the challenges she faced, and how she conquered them with courage and humor. Reading this book is like having a conversation with Paloma. She talks about her everyday life and its difficulties in a positive and upbeat way, while making sure that the importance of her mission to help inspire activism isn't missed. This book is an easy read, and as an educator here in South Florida, I would love to share this book with my students, especially since I teach in an elementary school that has a large population of students with disabilities."

                                  -'Huggy413', reviews

"I just finished reading your book, Paloma's Dream. You are one AMAZING young woman! Your "can do" attitude is fantastic. I believe that you were born with that disposition. However, your parents are AMAZING also as they have raised you and your sister, Belen, to be a feisty fighter for your ability to be a successful person no matter what situations came your way. And yet you are tenderhearted to those who need some TLC. Even though some people are mean to you, I KNOW you are a loyal and faithful friend to those who are close to you. You have been blessed to have such wonderful parents who love you, guide you, and support you in all of life's experiences. They have instilled in you a beautiful way to live life- be thankful and to help others. Miss Jennifer was a Godsend in your life to teach you how to navigate in the public arena. She is your biggest cheerleader after your sweet Mom, wonderful Dad! and Nana! What an incredible journey you have had in your life thus far. The opportunities to share the plight of the tweens that are blind or visually impaired has brought you before some very influential people in government. People can't help but be touched by your sweet spirit and passion to help kids in need. No wonder you have won so many awards!!! The Almighty God has BIG plans for your life (See Jeremiah 29:11). I can't wait to hear about more ways you have impacted the world around you! By the way, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan are my heroes as well. They had such an incredible bond together to show that anything is possible when you work together. THANK YOU for sharing your story in the book, Paloma's Dream. You are such a delightful young lady. It is a pure joy to know you."

                                   -Cheri West, Pisgah United Methodist Church