This is a historical novel based on real life of the author Enrique Flores-Galbis. The author was one of the 14,000 children who left Cuba in a mass exodus known as Operation Pedro Pan.
Shortly after Castro’s takeover, Julian, the main character and his two brothers, are sent to Miami to a Cuban-exile camp. The refugee camp where they stay is nothing compare with the summer camp they expected to find. It is overcrowded with not enough adults to supervise. Being the youngest of the family, his brothers and parents constantly are assuming that he is too young to accept responsibility or to be able to understand anything, which makes him feel undervalued. Unfortunately, he is separated from his brothers and sent alone to another orphanage in Miami, and it is when he had to learn to deal with bullies, and loneliness. He wants to prove to his family and everyone that he could do anything to which he sets his mind. He meets Tomas. Tomas is a Cuban guy who is fixing up a boat to use with the intention to illegally transport people from Cuba. Julian was so desperate to be reunited with his parents again, that he gets involved in the project and sails to Cuba with his friend. Written by Enrique Flores-Galbis. Historical fiction for grades 4-6, ages 8-9.