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The American Dream of Braven Young

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Brooke Raybould
Juan Manuel Moreno
Reading Level:
Chapter Books (8-12)


In this wild ride, readers are introduced to Braven Young, a ten-year-old boy who visits iconic Washington, DC landmarks, meets famous historic figures and learns that with great freedom – true freedom – comes great responsibility.

Braven just wants some time to play catch with his dad. But his dad – an important politician – is always busy working to "save America"...whatever that means.

Struggling to stay awake at dad's desk one night, waiting for him to arrive home, Braven dreams about being completely free in Washington, DC. Hundreds of kids. No adults...anywhere. Finally, he is "free" to do whatever he wants and the National Mall is his playground. But, soon, things start spiraling out of control.

As The American Dream of Braven Young races to its imaginative and inspiring conclusion, Braven begins looking for the one person he knows he needs to help...his dad. Along the way, Braven learns valuable lessons about freedom from Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Jefferson - all echoing his mother's wise words: "Freedom is far more than doing whatever you want. Freedom is doing what is right."

Join Braven on his journey to save America! And discover how we all have our parts to play in The American Dream of Braven Young.



  1. The true meaning of freedom is doing what is right - not doing whatever you want.
  2. We can learn about important values through our nation's history.
  3. Our gift of freedom as Americans should be appreciated and protected.


Brooke Raybould lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Ryan, and their 3 boys. She received her Bachelors degree from The University of Southern California and her MBA from Georgetown University.

Despite her many achievements, this chapter of her life as a “mama” is her favorite one yet! For nearly 5 years, Brooke has been documenting and sharing her joy-filled journey through marriage and motherhood with the more than 200,000 followers on her Instagram page, @thesouthernishmama. The American Dream of Braven Young is her first book.



Juan Manuel Moreno is originally from Buenos Aires. As a young boy, he was always drawn to creating images. His first “job” was to color his newborn brother’s head in bright felt pens. He spent most of his childhood years living in the countryside and cultivating his passion for painting. After studying graphic design, he lectured at the university and worked as an in-house illustrator for different studios with clients ranging from Warner, Disney, Conspiracy and Scholastic.

In 2003, Juan and his wife, Patricia decided to travel the Americas and ended up living in different countries. In 2006, they finally crossed the pond and decided to stay in Barcelona, where he started a career as a freelance illustrator.

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