Cover Art and Illustrations By Kurt Huggins, Best-selling New York Times Comic Artist
Pedro Pan, One Boy's Journey to America is a tale of a 12-year-old boy's journey from Cuba to the United States. He takes part in a secret operation of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, who take freedom flights to escape oppression and tyranny.
Ringing in the New Year in 1959, Pedro Infante observes history unfolding as change slowly sweeps through Havana. In 1961, Pedro and Pepe, his pet lizard, board an airplane to America at the noble sacrifice of his parents. Leaving his family behind, he travels from the city of Havana to a rural farm in Iowa. The vivid imagination of one boy, flying away like Peter Pan with the loving care of a farmer and his wife, he learns English and takes on new chores, meeting a dairy cow, Bella Lou, Tucker, the prized pig, the old barn owl, and the farmer's scarecrow. The group welcomes and encourages him to be most helpful on the Kelley Farm, as everyone has a job on the farm. Will he return to Cuba one day? Will he ever reunite with his family again?
Pedro Pan, One Boy's Journey to America is a story of country, culture, and resilience of an immigrant boy and his family.
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