Author Arturo O. Martinez to Read Excerpts from Pedrito’s World on February 12 at 3pm.
Author Arturo O. Martinez will read excerpts from his middle school novel, Pedrito’s World, at New Jersey City University on Tuesday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m., in room 202 of Hepburn Hall, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. Mr. Martinez will also autograph copies of the book, which will be sold at the free program. The community is welcome.
Meet six-year-old Pedrito, who lives on a South Texas farm with his mother, father, and younger sister. The year is 1941, and except for a trip to the big city of San Antonio, five hours away, Pedrito's life is the farm and the school he attends in a village a few miles away. Pedrito's father has the papers he needs to work legally in the United States, but that doesn't stop the Border Patrol from harassing him and his son. Pedrito speaks only Spanish and is frightened on his first day of school when he learns that he must speak English. Luckily his teacher, Miss Garcia, is patient with her students, and soon Pedrito is sharing his new English words with his family. Pedrito also relates his opinion of outhouses versus indoor plumbing and tells of a happy Easter decorating cascarones. Pedrito's World is a window on the lives and culture of a Mexican family living and working in South Texas.
Sponsored by NJCU’s Federacion de Estudiantes Latino-Americanos, Council on Hispanic Affairs, Latino Cultural Center, and the Department of Modern Languages, the program will also feature an introduction by Dr. Grisel Lopez-Diaz, an NJCU associate professor of modern languages.