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Pedro and Daniel are Mexican-American brothers growing up in 1970s Ohio. Their mom doesn’t like that Pedro is a spitting image of their darker-skinned father, that Daniel plays with dolls, that neither of the boys love sports like the other kids in their neighborhood. Life at home can be rough – but the boys have an unshakable bond that will last their entire lives.
Pedro & Daniel is a sweeping and deeply personal novel – illustrated with beautiful linework throughout by Julie Kwon – that spans from childhood to teenage years to adulthood, all the while tracing the lives of two brothers who are there for each other when no one else is. Together the brothers manage an abusive home life, school, coming out, first loves, first jobs, and the AIDS epidemic, in a coming-of-age story unlike any other.
P R A I S E
★ “Pedro and Daniel’s journey, whether together or apart, is an unforgettable one of resilience and, most of all, love. Stunning.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Luminous. Riveting. Uplifting and heart-wrenching.” —Publishers Weekly (starred)
“A powerful coming-of-age story that is unforgettable.” —Booklist
“Artistically ambitious and unflinchingly personal…shines with the depiction of connection, love, and overcoming adversity.” —BCCB
“A multi-layered and nuanced story.” —School Library Connection
About the Author
Federico Erebia is a retired physician, artist, woodworker, author, and illustrator. His artisanry, woodwork, furniture design, and books have been featured in magazines, newspapers, radio, and television. He is an active member of several writing groups. Pedro & Daniel is his debut novel. He lives in Massachusetts with his husband, and their westie and whippet.
[STAR] “Pedro and Daniel’s journey, whether together or apart, is an unforgettable one of resilience and, most of all, love. Stunning.”
– Kirkus Reviews (starred)
[STAR] “Luminous…a layered, thoroughly riveting telling…Erebia deftly weaves together the boys’ everyday joys with the seriousness of their situations, presenting a clear portrait of two brothers’ fierce love that is by turns uplifting and heart-wrenching.” — Publishers Weekly (starred)
“A beautiful and raw story of two Mexican American boys trying to survive in a world where they only have each other to rely on… Readers will find themselves unable to put this book down. A powerful coming-of-age story, Erebia’s debut is a title that is unforgettable.” – Booklist
June's Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Books, Lambda Literary
“Shines with the depiction of connection, love, and overcoming adversity.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books