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Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
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Feb 24, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: award-winning-and-honor-books, info-bks-bios, chapter-books

Pedro and Me is a Sibert Honor book (2001) and is recommended for students ages 14 and up. This book is a cartoon memoir that tells the story of Pedro Zamora, a Cuban immigrant, aids educator, and star of MTV The Real World San Francisco. The author, who was Pedro’s roommate on the Real World, tells the story of their friendship, Pedro’s life, and the affect he had on many people around the world. This book is visually creative and appealing and serves as a vivid memorial of Pedro Zamora’s life.

This is a powerful, captivating, and heartbreaking novel. Its goal was to actively portray the life of Pedro Zamora, an aids activist and educator who had a great effect on many people. It is a very emotional book that not only discusses the realities of AIDS, but also celebrates friendship and life. When reading, readers will become more educated and enlightened about the seriousness of AIDS, and will be drawn into the book by moments of laughter, love, and heartbreaking loss. This life-changing book showcased Pedro’s bravery and good-hearted nature. The text and graphic novel format made the book more interesting, and really showed love, warmth, admiration, and emotion. This story does give the blunt facts about AIDS, but at the same time is warm, emotional, and heartbreaking. It has all the ingredients of a good book that will draw readers in. This book allows one to become emotionally involved in the life of a person who lived with AIDS and may for some people forever alter their thinking about this serious illness.
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