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Postcards From Pismo Paperback – May 15, 2012
This is a heartwarming story of Felix Maldonado, who befriends a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan through a school pen-pal project. Told exclusively through the 10-year-old's letters to Lt. Marcus Greene, this believable and timely tale will engross even reluctant readers. Children learn about Felix's life in Pismo Beach, CA, with his father, who rents ATV's to tourists, and his mother, who photographs parties and makes postcards, which he learns to create and sends to the soldier. Felix seeks guidance from Lt. Greene when the bullying he has endured since first grade becomes too much for him to handle. When Felix tries to be brave and stand up to the bully, readers get to see the problem from both sides. Lt. Greene's friendship and advice become even more vital in Felix's life when his older brother enlists in the National Guard to pay for college, which his parents can't afford. The letter format allows students to read the story in small digestible chunks, one or two at a time. Illustrations of Felix's photographs and postcards add dimension and life to the story. Highly recommended for sensitive and artistic students, those dealing with bullying, and those with family members in the service. --Danielle Farinacci, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, San Francisco, CA
About the Author
Michael Scotto has worked as a filmmaker, a saxophone player, and an engineer's assistant, but his true passion has always been writing. He earned a degree in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, and he received his MFA in dramatic writing there in 2007. Today, he is the author of the Tales of Midlandia picture book series, as well as the middle-grade novel Latasha and the Little Red Tornado. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, photography, and working on his house. He currently lives with his wife and their very naughty dog, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where in 2011 he was honored for his civic contributions as an author and youth education advocate. Postcards From Pismo is his second novel.
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