Postcards From Pismo by Michael Scotto

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Postcards From Pismo is the story of Felix Maldonado, a sensitive ten-year-old living in the central coast region of California. What begins as a school project blossoms into a powerful friendship when Felix writes a letter to an American soldier serving in Afghanistan. Their pen pal friendship grows more important than ever when Felix's older brother, Quin, enlists in the military to raise money for college. Told entirely through Felix's letters, emails, and postcards to the soldier, the novel traces the boy's growth as he grapples with bullies, the fear arising from his brother's enlistment, and the meaning of bravery itself. Humorous, timely, and deeply moving, this unforgettable tale is not to be missed.

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"An uncomplicated but fervent and timely show of support."
 - Kirkus Reviews
"A heartwarming story...this believable and timely tale will engross even reluctant readers...Highly recommended."
 - School Library Journal

About Michael Scotto

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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.
Published May 15, 2012 by Midlandia Press. 182 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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In the end Greene remains a shadowy stand-in for any soldier, while Felix comes across clearly as an everylad modeling a high level of respect for what his adopted pal is doing, as well as the anxiety common to any family who has a member in today’s armed forces.

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