2009-11-06 / School News

Young-Adult Novelist Inspires at Scholars' Academy

By Alexis Stathis

On October 21, young adult novelist Pedro de Alcantara paid a visit to Scho l ars' Academy. He is the author of two novels, "Backtracked" and "Be fid - d led."

Writing wasn't always de Alcantara's dream; he first wanted to be a musician. He studied the cello, played the piano, and sang. When he was a child he enjoyed writing, but when he started getting into music he put aside his stories in favor of his instruments. While writing a book about teaching music, he rediscovered his passion for writing and combined his talents. "When you write you are exploring and traveling through your head," the author stated to an auditorium of seventh and eighth-graders.

In an active and engaging voice, he read a chapter from "Backtracked," the tale of a young man who travels through time via the New York City subway. Teachers always tell students to write what they know, and it seems De Alcantara took that advice to heart. "When I first came to New York," he added, "I was in awe of the subway. I used a lot of my life to create these stories." He finished by reminding students to be patient, as it took him seven drafts and 11 years to compose his work. Who knows? The next Pedro de Alcantara could be drafting a masterpiece at Scholars' Academy.

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