Postcards From Pismo (Paperback)

By Michael Scotto, Dion Williams (Illustrator)

Midlandia Press, 9780983724360, 186pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012



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.

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.