My eyes are blurry from reading everything I can about the Pedro Pan mission. I want to understand what was going on in the minds of Cuban parents, American politicians, foster families/orphanages, and of course, the exiled children, prior to starting the manuscript. There are several good adult books written about this subject, each representing the authors' biases and perspectives. I'm hoping to piece together my own interpretation of what happened and why using this information. Right now, I'm just confused.
I've decided to tell this story in alternating chapters of an American orphan and a Cuban exile who become friends at the orphanage. Today, I worked on my character study for the American orphan. I feel like I know him already and appreciate his resilient spirit. However, I feel so sad for him and his little life.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.