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Book Club Virtual

Tuesday, March 19 at 12:00 PM

Read With Us: Solito by Javier Zamora
Enaj Leotaud

The Athenaeum's Read With Us Book Club is free and open to the public. Discussion is encouraged.

Javier's adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone except for a group of strangers and a coyote hired to lead them to safety, Javier's trip is supposed to last two short weeks.

At nine years old, all Javier can imagine is rushing into his parents' arms, snuggling in bed between them, living under the same roof again. He does not see the perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions that await him; nor can he know that those two weeks will expand into two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family.

Want to become a Read With Us Host? Email events@philaathenaeum.org.


This is a free event.